Yesterday we heard about the new Google Pixel Feature Drop for December 2022, the software update brings many new features to Google’s range of Pixel devices.
Now we get to look at the new December 2022 Google Pixel Feature Drop in a new video from Zollotech. The video gives us a good look at the new features coming to the Pixel devices in this release.
Pixel 7 and 7 Pro now include VPN by Google One at no extra cost, so your online activity is protected at a network level no matter what app or web browser you’re using.1 Whether it’s the airport or your local coffee shop, VPN by Google One is built to help ensure your network traffic can’t be tied to your identity. Learn more about how VPN by Google One gives you an extra layer of online protection here.
Now, you can review your security and privacy settings, risk levels, and other information all in one place, making it easy to protect your phone, accounts and passwords. This includes new action cards that notify you of any security risks and supply you easy steps to enhance your privacy and security.
You can find out more details about the new Google Pixel Feature Drop for December 2022 over at the Google website.
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Google has announced a new initiative aimed at addressing the spread of misinformation in India, which has been blamed for the rise of violence in the country.
The latest initiative from Google’s subsidiary, Jigsaw, will use a “prebunking” video feature in an effort to stop false claims before they become more widespread, according to Reuters.
Jigsaw is also working with partners such as the German-based pro-democracy organization Alfred Landecker Foundation and philanthropic investment firm Omidya Network to produce five videos in three different languages.
Viewers will then be asked to fill out a short questionnaire designed to see what they learned about misinformation after watching those videos.
In an interview, Jigsaw’s head of research and development, Beth Goldman, told Reuters that the initiative presents “an opportunity to research prebunking in a non-Western, global south market.”
The Indian initiative will focus on issues that resonate in the country, Goldman told Reuters. “By forewarning individuals and equipping them to spot and refute misleading arguments, they gain resilience to being misled in the future.”
The spread of misinformation on social media platforms has led to an increase in political and religious tensions in India, resulting in its Ministry of Information and Broadcasting blocking some YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook accounts that allegedly spread harmful misinformation.
Meta Platforms Inc. in 2018 curbed the number of times a message could be forwarded on its messaging platform, WhatsApp, after false claims of child abductors spread on the platform led to more than a dozen people being victims of mass beatings across the country, resulting in some deaths, Reuters noted.
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Google on Monday announced its December Pixel Feature Drop for the Pixel phone lineup and the more recently released Pixel Watch smartwatch. Google releases feature drops, such as this one, on a roughly quarterly basis, bringing new features to its own Pixel hardware.
When Google announced the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, the company also unveiled that Pixel 7 owners would receive access to its VPN service through Google One for free. The feature wasn't available at launch, but it's ready now and arriving in the update.
Pixel 7 users can turn on the free VPN service to keep their data protected when connected to Wi-Fi on a plane, in a coffee shop or even at a hotel.
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Google also added new features to security and privacy settings, allowing you to see the status of your device's security and, if needed, help you take action.
One of the more anticipated features (at least for me) is the addition of clear calling for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. When enabled, the voice of the other caller's voice will be enhanced with reduced background noise, even if they're in a loud environment.
Another voice-related feature received a fairly big update in the December drop, as well. The Pixel's Recorder app will now label different speakers in the live transcription feature, making it easier to identify when someone is talking. After the recording is complete, you can name each speaker.
As for the Pixel Watch, it's receiving an update as well. This update brings Fitbit's Sleep Profile feature to the watch, which will break down your sleep patterns and habits, and provide tips to help you Excellerate your sleep quality.
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A new live bloom wallpaper is making its debut on Pixel phones, and there are new tiles on the Pixel Watch to track the sunrise and sunset. There is also the ability to pin up to five favorite contacts on a tile, so you can call or message them.
If you have a Pixel phone or watch, you can get the update starting today. It's not currently showing as available on my Pixel 7 Pro, but I'm sure it'll be there soon.
Google’s latest “feature drop” for Pixel phones and the Pixel Watch brings features like a call quality enhancement function called “Clear Calling,” free access to Google One’s VPN service, a new privacy and security settings hub, and Fitbit sleep profiles for the Pixel Watch.
Here’s the summary of all the features included in this announcement.
These features will roll out to the Pixel watch and Pixel phones (for Pixel 4a and above) through over-the-air updates starting today.
Channel 4, Drum OMG, Essence and OMD UK have been awarded the Grand Prix for their work on the Google Pixel 6’s ‘Highlife’.
Grand Prix winner Drum OMG, Channel 4, Essence and OMD UK for Google Pixel 6
The Drum Awards for Content celebrate the world’s best branded content and this year has seen a phenomenal range of brands and agencies snapping up its top gongs.
The results were revealed at a ceremony at The Drum Labs in London, part of a week-long awards festival, and streamed live on The Drum TV.
Among the winners were Drum OMG, Channel 4, Essence and OMD UK, who took the Grand Prix prize for their work with Google on the Pixel 6.
Meanwhile, Prostate Cancer UK snapped up the Chair Award and won in the Best Not-for-Profit/Charity category.
MPower and Oliver Agency won the Best Use of Mobile Content and Best Finance/Professional Services category for its client Manulife, and Ready10 won Best Integrated Campaign and Most Innovative or Creative Use of Content for its work with McDonald’s.
The awards jury was co-chaired by NBCUniversal Media brand and creative strategy director Andrew Ford and Google UK head of content Lucy Ferguson. The jury also included senior marketers from companies including Pinterest, PepsiCo, Asos, Mars, Shelter UK, GE, Lululemon, H&M, BuzzFeed and Microsoft.
You can see all the amazing winners here and find out more about the top winners below.
Agency: Drum OMG, Channel 4, Essence and OMD UK
Client: Google Pixel 6
Reality shows are among the most-watched UK programming, but year after year the casts look pretty similar. For the launch of the Pixel 6 – a phone that accurately photographs the beauty of all skin tones with Real Tone – Google saw a chance to change that and drive consideration while demonstrating the brand’s values of progress.
Partnering with Channel 4, Drum OMG co-created ’Highlife’, the first-ever Black British Reality TV show. A program that didn’t just buck the trend of who it represented, but also how, changing the narrative of Black Britain by making sure Black British voices were at the center of culture like never before.
It became the number one trending syllabu on Twitter, driving 6,100 social media mentions and more than 47m impressions globally.
Company: Prostate Cancer UK
Campaign: The 30-second Risk Checker
Following the Covid-19 pandemic, NHS England launched initiatives to get people back to their GPs, targeting other forms of cancer. But prostate cancer – the most common cancer in men – is a big problem for public health campaigns. You can’t check yourself, it usually doesn’t have symptoms until it’s already spread, and it’s the most common cancer with no routine screening program.
Prostate Cancer UK’s in-house charity team solved a public health communication challenge that no one else had cracked – and developed a piece of content so effective that NHS England funded a £1.9m first-of-its-kind partnership campaign to deliver it.
The campaign achieved results five times over target and got more than half a million men to take action. As a result, NHS urgent referrals for urological cancers reached an all-time high and have seen a sustained uplift in the six months since.
If you picked up a Google Pixel 7 or Pixel 7 Pro at launch, or during the Black Friday sales, you’ll be happy to know that the phones just got a bunch of cool new features.
Among the features just released are complimentary access to the Google One VPN, more unified privacy and security settings, Clear Calling and updates to the auto-transcribing Pixel recorder.
The Google One VPN is one of the big extra perks Google announced during the Pixel 7 launch event, offering five years free access to the service. Without a Pixel 7 you’d have to subscribe to the $10 a month Google One plan, which includes 2TB of storage, 10% off purchases made through the Google Store and other perks.
Google One's VPN is designed to offer an extra layer of security to your browsing experience. Though our own testing found that the service didn’t let you choose a server yourself, or spoof your location to access foreign streaming catalogues. That makes it less appealing when you have to hand over money. But if it’s free you might as well take advantage of whatever is on offer — right?
With the new Clear Calling feature, your Pixel 7 can clean up the audio on phone calls, reducing background noise to make sure you can hear what’s going on. This feature is powered by the Tensor G2, so unfortunately it won’t be heading to older Pixel phones in the near future.
That isn’t the case with the Pixel Recorder, with the latest update also coming to the Pixel 6 series.
I speak from experience when I say the Pixel Recorder’s auto-transcription is a fantastic tool, but it doesn’t always produce the neatest results. The latest update should change that, with machine learning giving the app the ability to keep tabs on individual speakers and label speech accordingly.
If you’re regularly recording speech, be it for meetings, interviews, school, or something else, this is going to make your post-recording organization so much easier.
As for the unified security and privacy settings, you’ll now be able to find both menus in the same place. Not only will this make it easier to find the right settings in the Pixel 7's settings, new action cards will be able to notify you of any potential security risks and how you can fix them.
This update has already started rolling out, and should be arriving on your Pixel 7 anytime now — assuming it hasn’t already. To check on the availability of the update on your Pixel 7, head to the phone's system settings and check the software update option.
There’s a new version of the Google Camera rolling out, which brings a few new settings for the Macro mode on Google’s Pixel 7 Pro. This includes a Macro Focus mode, so you can keep the camera in Macro instead of it going in and out, depending on how you move your phone.
In the launch version of Google Camera for the Pixel 7 Pro, it would automatically switch in and out of macro. Without any real control over it. Which did frustrate a few users. Now, with this update, you can choose to turn macro on and off, and also keep it locked while you get the correct shot.
Now, in the settings for version 8.7.250, which is currently rolling out, you can turn off Auto Macro. This would essentially automatically switch to Macro mode when you get very close to a subject. If you don’t want that happening, you can just turn it off, and voila. There is also a toggle in the quick settings section of the camera app, so you can more easily turn off auto macro, or turn it on or off. A lot like Top Shot.
This new update for the camera app also apparently removes the double-tap option in the Gestures section. So you could use double-tap to zoom in and do a few other things. But now that option is completely gone.
I can’t say that I used that a whole lot myself, so it’s unclear how upset some Pixel 7 Pro users will be with the removal of this option. But it wouldn’t be surprising to see Google add it back in a future update.
This new update for the Google Camera is currently rolling out, and you should get it within the next few days. It’s version 8.7.250.
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Every few months, Google releases Feature Drops with new features and fixes for its Pixel phones. While 2022 may be nearly over, that hasn’t stopped Google from pushing one final Feature Drop before the year ends.
This latest Feature Drop is primarily focused on adding features to the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro that Google announced in October when it first unveiled the phones. The first big addition is free Google One VPN access. Anyone with a Pixel 7 or 7 Pro can use a Google One-powered VPN at no additional cost — this is great for more secure web browsing. Considering Google’s VPN is traditionally only available with a $10-per-month Google One subscription, it’s a nice value add we’re happy to see.
Google’s also rolling out its Clear Calling tech, which reduces background noise during phone calls and enhances people’s voices, aiming to make calls easier to hear. The last Pixel 7-exclusive feature is Recorder speaker labels. If you’re recording a conversation between multiple people with the default Recorder app, your Pixel 7/7 Pro can now add labels to each person speaking and intelligently know who’s talking.
What about folks rocking an older Pixel phone? Everyone with a current Pixel now has access to the improved security and privacy settings, something Google describes as “a new unified hub for reviewing your security and privacy settings, risk levels, and other information all in one place.” This hub can also display “action cards” for new security risks that you should be aware of. Finally, the Curated Culture section of the Pixel Wallpapers app sees a refresh of new wallpapers celebrating people with disabilities.
But it’s not just Pixel phones getting the love. This also marks the first Pixel Watch Feature Drop, and there are two key things coming to the wearable.
The biggest feature is support for Fitbit Sleep Profiles. Google announced Sleep Profiles for the Pixel Watch in November, but they’re now rolling out more widely to users. After wearing your Pixel Watch to bed for at least 14 nights, you’ll see more detailed stats about your sleep and receive tips on how to Excellerate it.
Lastly, the Pixel Watch is getting a few new Tiles for easier access to apps on your home screens. These include Tiles for the Contacts and Weather apps.
That’s what you can expect on your Pixel phone and Pixel Watch when the Feature Drop arrives over the next few days — but what’s coming after that?
In January, Google says it’s adding spatial audio support for the Pixel Buds Pro. Similar to spatial audio for Apple earbuds like the AirPods Pro 2, this will enable the Pixel Buds Pro to produce audio in a 3D-like soundstage when watching shows and movies. And later in 2023, the Pixel Watch will finally get fall detection support (something the Apple Watch has enjoyed for the last four years).
Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro get the Pixel Feature Drop for December 2022, bringing new features.
Google Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro users are now getting an OTA update that brings in lots of new features. The Pixel 7 series benefits the most from this update but last year's Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are also getting the goodies. Called the Pixel Feature Drop, the update also brings new goodies for the newly launched Pixel Watch. There are also updates to privacy and security aspect on the Pixel devices.
Note that the Pixel Feature Drop update is rolling out in batches across the world and you will have to wait for it, if it hasn't showed up on your device yet. The update is free to get and users will need to check manually by going to the Settings app. The Pixel feature drop update will be eligible with the A series devices, including the Google Pixel 4a.
One of the prominent features with the Pixel feature drop is Clear Calling feature. One of those classic examples of Google's software expertise, the Clear Calling functionality enhances the caller's voice and reduces their background noise. This processing happens on-device with the Tensor G2 chip, and hence works only on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro for now.
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Security and Privacy also get a big boost with a revamped interface. The new action cards notify users of any security risks and supply easy steps to enhance your privacy and security.
Then the Pixel Recorder app also gets the ability to label different speakers. “When you record and transcribe a conversation in English with a Pixel 6 or newer, Recorder now identifies and labels each speaker and inserts line breaks when the speaker changes. You can record an interview, meeting, lecture, or conversation with each person labeled individually. This feature uses machine learning to process speaker labeling live and on-device.”
The update also brings the free VPN feature as part of the Google One app but it won't be working in India as of now.
Additionally, the update brings the ability to use Digital Car Keys, Grammar Check on Gboard, more languages for Live Translate, a much better on-device search on Pixel 4a and newer models, and a Voice Message Transcription in Messages on Pixel 4a and newer devices.
Plus, there are a couple of new wallpapers and live wallpapers to enjoy.