Google Pixel smartphones are updated with a new Recording app that transcribes text, smart keyboard prediction, and “Bedtime” mode.
Google updates its Pixel devices
Google Pixel smartphones are one of the flagships of the Android range, the company’s operating system. This includes special care when it comes to receiving updates on both security and new features. And, although the last of the Pixel has not arrived in some countries, there are still many users with previous models that enjoy this support.
Some of these new features coming soon to the Google Pixel are useful for certain everyday tasks and others come to commemorate upcoming key dates.
The first one announced by the company is a new audio recorder. An application widely used for some jobs – such as musician or journalist – and also by millions of students around the world who record the teacher’s lesson to then review it at home.
The current Pixel recorder app allows you to record, transcribe (English only) and search for interesting audio moments. The new update allows sharing the audios via a simple link that can be sent to anyone for direct access. This feature is complemented by a web page where the user can find all recordings, view transcripts, and search for files. Something like a personal cloud where all recordings are stored and automatically synchronized from the Pixel.
The second of the new features lands directly on the camera, another of the great assets of the Google Pixel. This time, the company is going for the most difficult yet: taking photos underwater. To do this, users of these smartphones will have to use a specific Kraken Sports brand housing and then use the camera app as they usually do on the surface. According to Google, all camera modes such as portrait, night view, and even motion photos and video are enabled.
The next new feature announced by the Pixel team goes through the keyboard developed by the company itself: the Gboard. It is the Smart Compose function (something like smart typing) that can learn from us to complete sentences as we type. With this update, the Pixel incorporates this function to some of its messaging applications, although for the moment it is only available in English in the United States.
The penultimate of the additions comes from the hand of the so-called digital health. That allows us to disconnect from the phone when it’s time to sleep. The function itself is called “Bedtime” and its function is to adapt the Pixel screen to the oneiric transition.
It will only be necessary to place the smartphone on the Pixel Stand (a wireless charging base of the company) and a new night screen with redesigned notifications will appear. The feature is available for Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL, Pixel 4, Pixel 4 XL, and Pixel 5.
Finally, Google incorporates a series of wallpapers on the occasion of International Women’s Day, which is celebrated worldwide on March 8. The update will be staggered and will arrive in the coming hours and days to all Google Pixel users.