Google Releases January Pixel Feature Drop: What’s New for Pixel Users?
Google has surprised users with a January Pixel Feature Drop, introducing a range of new features to Pixel devices. Some of these features have been inspired by the recently launched Galaxy S24. Let’s take a closer look at what’s in store for Pixel users.
Enhanced Pixel 8 Pro Temperature Sensor
The Pixel 8 Pro’s temperature sensor, which was previously shrouded in mystery, can now be utilized for measuring human body temperature. Users can simply point their phones at themselves or others to obtain temperature readings. Additionally, there is an option to integrate this feature with the Fitbit app for tracking purposes.
Circle to Search Arrives on Pixel Phones
One of the standout features of the Galaxy S24, Circle to Search, has made its way to Pixel devices with the January feature drop. Powered by Google AI, this tool enables users to draw circles around elements on any screen, such as videos, images, or text, in order to trigger information searches. However, it is worth noting that Circle to Search is only available on Pixel 8 and 8 Pro smartphones.
Pixel users can now convert messages into unique emojis for instant reactions. By pressing and holding a message in Google Messages, users can select a picture, and their phone will automatically transform it into a personalized emoji. This feature is available on Pixel 3a and later models.
Magic Compose, which was announced earlier, is finally being rolled out to Pixel 8 and 8 Pro users. This feature suggests personalized and creative response options for text messages, making it easier for users to compose their replies.
Samsung and Google have collaborated on Android’s default file-sharing service, now known as Quick Share. This feature is now available on Pixel devices, complete with a new Quick Share icon. Users can share files quickly and seamlessly using this feature.
Pixel Buds Pro Gain Seamless Audio Switching
Pixel Buds Pro users can now enjoy improved connectivity with the addition of automatic device switching. This means that the earbuds will seamlessly transition audio playback between connected devices. For example, users can switch from listening to music on a tablet to taking calls on a phone without any interruptions.
These exciting new features are currently rolling out to Pixel users. Keep an eye out for updates on your device to take advantage of these enhancements.