Every three months, Google introduces new features to Pixel phones beyond the usual Android OS updates for years, and the company calls them “Feature Drops.” They are usually released along with a security patch and the most recent brought improvements to live captioning, night mode in Snapchat and much more. Now, the June Feature Drop is now available (alongside the June security patches), and it includes a ton of cool stuff for you to try out on any Pixel smartphone release between the Pixel 4 and the latest Pixel 6 series.
In case you’re wondering, the June feature reduction is based on the QPR3 builds Google has been testing over the past few months. It is currently unknown whether Google will continue to test quarterly platform releases in the future.
Created in collaboration with teen engineering, Pocket Operator is a new app that lets you record videos and “turn them into fun music and video clips”. You can layer sounds, add visual effects, create patterns and beats and mix everything to create your own unique tracks. It is now available on the Google Play Store and you can check it out below. It works on the Pixel 5 and newer, and currently it’s only available in English.
The app was not found in the store.
Google has had the option to add a vaccine card to your Google Pay for quite some time, but now the company says you can add a shortcut to it on your home screen to quickly and easily access it at any time. It is available in Australia, Canada and the US
More “At a Glance” Alerts
The Pixel 6 series debuted with a redesigned “At a Glance” widget, which can display your calendar events, flight boarding pass, training stats, and more on your home screen and lockscreen. Since its release, Google has added several new features to the widget to further expand its capabilities. Now the company is adding three new features.
Nest Doorbell video feed
Google added Nest Doorbell notifications to the At a Glance widget in January, and they can tell you if there’s “someone at your door.” This can help you figure out if a package has arrived, or if someone is just trying to get your attention at the front of your house. Now you can also see a real video feed of your doorbell right on your home screen.
Have you ever left your flashlight on on your phone? It’s pretty embarrassing, but I’m pretty sure we’ve all been there. Now you can see if it’s on right from your home screen, without turning your phone around to catch it.
Coming soon: air quality warnings
If you live in the US, Australia or India, you will soon receive air quality alerts in your At a Glance widget for your current location.
Conversation mode exits beta
Google previously added “Conversation Mode” to the Sound Amplifier app in its December feature drop and it has been in beta ever since. It uses machine learning on the device to block out ambient noise. Conversation mode is available exclusively to Pixel phone owners and now it’s beta. It is designed for people with hearing loss to filter out sounds around them. It amplifies their voice and you use the camera to focus on whatever their phone needs to listen to closely.
Real Tone Filters
Google introduced Real Tone last year with the Pixel 6 series to help users accurately capture different skin tones. The Real Tone functionality used an updated face detection algorithm that is able to recognize more diverse faces in a wider range of lighting conditions, resulting in a better representation of different skin tones.
At this year’s I/O, Google expanded its functionality, announcing that it would scale Harvard professor Dr. Ellis Monk in Search and Photos to achieve similar results for all of its products. These filters are now rolling out to Google Photos users.
Car Crash Detection is coming to Canada
Google’s Car Crash Detection is now rolling out in Canada for Google Pixel 3 users and above, but excluding the Pixel 3a. As the name suggests, it can detect if you have been in a car accident and act accordingly. It is a safety feature that could potentially save lives.
More Chat Translation Languages
Chat translation in messages is now available in Traditional Chinese, Dutch, Korean, Thai and Turkish for the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
Download and install the June feature drop
The June feature drop is now available for all eligible Pixel smartphones and you can download it by checking for an update in your device’s settings.