New for Pixel: Fall Detection, faster Night Sight and more

    New for Pixel: Fall Detection, faster Night Sight and more

    New for Pixel: Fall Detection, faster Night Sight and more

    Posted: 13 Mar 2023

    Our first Feature Drop of 2023 is here, and it's full of updates that will make your Pixel phone and watch even more helpful and safe than before. Updates begin rolling out to our devices today and will continue over the next few weeks.

    Night Sight is even faster

    Last year, we introduced faster Night Sight on Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. With the latest Feature Drop, Night Sight can now capture low-light photos faster on your Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, too, thanks to new algorithms powered by Google Tensor. So you can capture special moments even if they aren’t perfectly lit.

    Magic Eraser is available on more Pixel phones

    Don’t let distractions get in the way of the perfect photo. Magic Eraser is now available on all Pixel phones. Use it in the Google Photos app to easily remove distractions like photobombers or change the color and brightness of an object so it blends right in.

    Save time (and sanity) with Direct My Call

    Skip the headache of sitting through long menu options when you call a business. Now with Direct My Call on Pixel 4a and newer phones, you’ll see the menu options ahead of time so you get to the right extension even faster when you call many of the most popular toll-free numbers in the U.S.

    Elevate your health and fitness tracking game

    Pixel now has Health Connect built-in, giving you a powerful way to store, connect and share the data from your compatible health and fitness apps. Health Connect stores your data on-device and provides you with a central set of controls to manage your health and fitness data. So there’s no need to wonder which apps share your on-device health and fitness data with other apps or run multiple fitness tracking services.

    See timers across all of your Pixel devices without unlocking your phone

    Ever set a timer on one device and wished you could see it on another? Now when you set a timer on your compatible Nest device (sold separately), At a Glance shows the countdown on your Pixel phone, too. You’ll even get a push notification to your phone when the timer goes off, so you can disable it or add another minute with a quick tap.1

    Get help when you need it most with fall detection

    Your Pixel Watch now has fall detection which can detect if you’ve taken a hard fall and connect you to emergency services. Once connected to emergency services, your Pixel Watch will play an automated message to request help to wherever you are. You can also speak to the emergency operator yourself, if possible, to let them know whether or not you need help.2 Thanks to built-in motion sensors and on-device machine learning, your Pixel Watch can accurately differentiate a hard fall from things like performing vigorous physical activity or recovering from a small stumble to minimize accidental emergency calls.

    Customize your Pixel Watch so it works for you

    In the coming weeks, new sound and display settings on Wear OS 3+ will make it easier to customize audio and visual experiences on your Pixel Watch. You’ll be able to use mono-audio to limit the disorientation that can be caused by split-audio, and new color-correction and greyscale modes will better optimize the display for a wider range of vision preferences.

    More helpful features for more Pixel devices

    We’re also bringing existing features to more regions, languages and devices.

    • With ultra-wideband digital car key, you can keep your phone in your pocket or purse and your car will automatically unlock or lock as you approach or leave your car.3 You can also start your vehicle’s engine with your phone in your pocket instead of docking it on the interior phone tray. This feature will be available in the coming weeks.
    • Fast Pair is now available on select Chromebooks, so you can automatically detect and pair your Pixel Buds or Fast Pair enabled-Bluetooth®4 headphones to your Chromebook with just a tap or click.
    • New emoji combinations are available on Emoji Kitchen for you to mash up, remix and share as stickers via Gboard.
    • You can now use two eSIMs with Dual SIM Dual Standby on Pixel 7 and 7 Pro.5
    • Hold for Me is available in Japan (in addition to the U.S., Australia and Canada).

    Brink's Avatar Posted By: Brink
    13 Mar 2023


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