Google likes to add new and exclusive features to Pixel phones, and the latest feature drop has just arrived. Now Pixel phones can back up audio recordings to a new site that adds transcription and sharing features. If you have the Kraken Sports̵
All the new features hit Pixel 3 and new phones, and according to Google, some users now have them. Google says the features will be rolling out to other users in the next two weeks, so if you don’t have them, you should be doing that soon.
The audio recording update is perhaps the most directly useful feature. Pixel owners could already record, share and transcribe audio in the Pixel-exclusive Recorder app. You can now move those recordings back to the new Recorder website, where you can access transcripts and share them with people who don’t have a Pixel. It is similar to the Otter.ai functionality, but without a subscription. The backup function allows you to forward your audio recordings to new Pixel phones. Previously, you lost them during an upgrade.
The update also improves support for the Kraken Sports underwater housing. Back in the day, you had to use Kraken’s camera software if you wanted to use the cover to take underwater photos. But Google’s photo software is much better than just about everyone’s, which meant a drop in image quality. Now, if you’re using the $ 325 universal accessory, you can opt to take photos with the Pixel’s own camera app instead, an excellent step forward for underwater photos.
If you’re a fan of Google’s Smart Compose, the company’s predictive algorithm that suggests words before you start typing them, then there’s good news for you too. Smart Compose will appear in more apps with the latest feature drop, including Android Messages, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Slack.
If you have a Pixel Stand, you’ll see a new bedtime screen with new notifications designed to ‘put you to sleep’. And it’s not an update without backgrounds, and the latest bath features images that “celebrate different cultural moments throughout the year with artwork from artists around the world.”