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Pixel December Feature Drop

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Google announced today that their latest “feature drop” for Google Pixel phones has been announced and released. This iteration of their feature drop for Pixel device introduces features that have been highly anticipated like “Extreme Battery Saver”, “Hold for Me”, “Adaptive Sound”, amongst a few others.

Hold For Me

“Hold for Me”, allows Pixel owners who are using “U.S. English” lets users have their Google Assistant wait for them on hold and notify them when someone comes on the line. Users according to the company save on average 8 minutes per call.

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Extreme Battery Saver

Extreme Battery saver, which was already available on Google Pixel 5 devices, is now available on older model Pixel phones. This feature adjusts the software on the device to restrict apps to only those essential for core-functions and make the battery last as long as possible. This can be particularly useful on road trips or when you don’t have the ability to plug-in.

Adaptive Sound

Adaptive sound, another feature that was hotly waited for, allegedly improves the quality of sound from the device based on your surroundings. The software-based feature uses the on-board device microphones to adjust the acoustics and adapt accordingly.

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Other updates that were included in the feature drop were: improved Google Lens translation detection capabilities, a re-designed photo editor in Google Photos, Duo Call Screen Sharing, improved location detection on foot, adaptive connectivity, improved adaptive battery capabilities and additional home screen customization.

These updates come just three months after the release of the Pixel 5 and we expect more to come from Google as competition continues to increase in the smartphone category.  

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