I’ll be honest. Today may be the worst day for a non-Apple company to release many updates to the mobile operating system. But I guess dropping the Google Pixel feature is for no one, including Tim Cook and company — even if it means deleting a blog post at the very moment the WWDC 2022 keynote begins.
However, Pixel 4-6/6 Pro owners can rejoice, because today you have something to celebrate too. It has a wide range of built-in features, including the ability to add a shortcut to the vaccine map screenshot directly on the homepage. With COVID cases steadily on the rise in a number of areas, this is a nice little feature to help you avoid the panicked search for a shot when you’re at the front of the queue. It is available in Canada, USA and Australia.
The previously beta-tested Conversation Mode is coming to Google Sound Amplier to help filter out ambient sounds for people with hearing loss. The user holds the phone in their hands, pointing the camera at the subject, and the phone uses built-in machine learning to amplify the voice and filter out the background.
Google is also partnering with design firm Teenage Engineering on a new Pocket Operator app that offers quick and easy on-the-fly music and video editing by adding sounds, effects and beats. It can be downloaded from the Play Store for Pixel 5 and later.
Other new features include a reminder that sends you an alert when you accidentally leave the flashlight on (you know who you are) and a Nest doorbell video stream right on your lock screen. Google also introduced a new collection of wallpapers for Pride Month.
In the meantime, a new air quality alert feature is under development and is currently listed as “coming soon” for the US, India and Australia.
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