Google goes to start out giving the Pixel line extra than simply month-to-month safety updates and yearly main OS updates. Yesterday, Google introduced the first “Characteristic Drop” for the Pixel 4, and in keeping with a brand new report from The Verge, that is the primary of a number of deliberate quarterly function updates for Google’s flagship smartphone.
There are 4 massive updates included on this first function drop. An important seems like an replace to the Pixel 4’s reminiscence administration, which Google says “proactively compresses cached functions in order that customers can run a number of functions on the similar time—like video games, streaming content material and extra.” The Pixel 4’s 6GB of RAM is lower than most of its Android competitors, which suggests it may possibly’t run as many apps within the background as different telephones. This function can also be coming to older Pixel gadgets just like the Pixel 3; with solely 4GB of RAM, these gadgets are undoubtedly RAM starved in comparison with different Android telephones.
The Pixel line has lengthy had a “Name Display screen” function that permits the Google Assistant to select up a name and ask the caller who they’re and what they need. Their reply would then be transcribed in your cellphone display screen, permitting you to see what that decision was about with out having to truly choose up the decision. Earlier than, this was a manually activated function—your cellphone would ring, and as a substitute of urgent the “reply” button, you might ship the decision to the Google Assistant. With this new replace, the Google Assistant can now display screen calls mechanically. Robocalls may be mechanically declined, and unknown numbers can get despatched to the Google Assistant, the place the caller can establish themselves, and then the cellphone will ring, exhibiting the caller’s assertion on the decision display screen.
The final two options are simply app updates. Google Images is getting the power to blur the background of any image in your assortment, even for images you took “years in the past.” Google Duo, a Google video chat app, is getting an auto-framing function that tracks your face, smoother 90FPS video playback, and a background blur function.