Feature drop: Google announces new capabilities for Pixel phones
After successful releases in December and March, Google is proceeding with the third 'feature drop' for Pixel phones. The update comes with the June security patch of Android 10 and brings a number of improvements, including capabilities aimed at boosting the battery backup of Pixels and the effectiveness of their Personal Safety app. Here is more about it.
For Pixel 2 and newer models, Google is improving Adaptive Battery or the feature that determines the apps you rarely use and turns them off in the background to improve battery life. Google says Adaptive Battery will now predict when your phone will run out of juice and use that timing to further reduce background activity and keep the device running for longer.
To help people strike the balance between phone time and bedtime at night, Google is adding a new 'Bedtime' tab on the Clock app of Pixel phones. It issues an alert and plays calming sounds when it's time to sleep. Plus, if you use apps beyond the bedtime, it shows a snapshot of how long you were awake and spent time on which apps.
Further, the Personal Safety app of Pixel phones has been updated with a new Safety Check feature, which, when enabled, checks up on you after a certain, pre-defined period of time and calls emergency contacts if you do not respond. Additionally, if you choose to opt-in, the app will also send crisis alerts to keep you updated about natural disasters and other public emergencies.
Notably, the Personal Safety app and its new capabilities are now available for all Pixel devices. However, its car crash detection functions will only work on Pixel 3 and 4, at least as of now.
Finally, in a minor tweak, Google has enabled the ability to control the Recorder app with Google Assistant. With this feature, you can ask the assistant to record an ongoing meeting or play old recordings. Plus, you can even save a transcript directly to Google Docs, instead of uploading the .txt file, making it easier to share with others.