As many Pixel phone owners know, Google likes to “feature drops” with new stuff, and the feature drop in June is full of exciting changes. The update delivers a locked map feature for Google Photos, video mode for astrophotography, Pride themed ringtones, and much more that we̵
While these updates aren’t usually huge, this June drop has many exciting new additions and makes some of the best Pixel features more readily available overseas. The first major update is in the camera department.
Pixel owners, who showed up at Google’s developer event earlier this year, can now take even better photos and videos while using astrophotography mode. To be specific, Google has added video astrophotography. On the Pixel 4 and newer, you can shoot timelapse/video using the Night Sight camera mode.
Speaking of the camera, Google Photos is getting a “password protected area” to give users more photo privacy. It basically allows you to lock specific photos in a folder; that way, they won’t appear in the gallery, menus, or on connected devices like a Nest Hub.
Additionally, you’ll find three new Pride wallpapers for June (by Ashton Attzs), as well as Pride-themed ringtones and notification sounds from LGBTQ+ artists and YouTube creators.
One of my favorite features is the new “Heads Up” mode, a part of digital wellbeing. Without getting too technical, it can actually “detect when you’re walking and periodically remind you to look up from your screen.” And for your well-being, the Car Crash Detection mode is coming to Spain, Ireland and Singapore after launching in the UK, Australia and the US.
Additionally, the June Feature Drop for Pixel phones extends the Call Screen feature to Japan, while also allowing owners to say, “Ok Google, decline call,” which is neat. Not to mention Google’s Recorder app that works with more English dialects, including Singaporean, Australian, Irish, and British English, just to name a few.
Usually Google explains what features are available on specific phones, so we’ll have to wait and see what goes where.
Source: Google Blog