Part of the March feature drop.
Pixel devices from Google have the distinction as the most updated Android smartphone out there. Aside from the regular security patches and major software updates, the devices also get quarterly ‘feature drops’ that include new functionality that isn’t part of a major OS update.
For March, Pixel devices have been updated with a few but very useful features that make them better at doing tasks. One of these is the updated Recorder app first introduced on the Pixel 4. While the app is pretty much basic, it can still automatically transcribe everything that’s being recorded to make it easier for you. As part of the feature drop, Google has launched an online portal (recorder.google.com) that can back up your recordings on the cloud and make it easier for you to access them.
But probably the most interesting part of the March feature drop is on the Camera app, which will make it easier for you to take images underwater. But there’s a catch though, you would need to purchase a specific type of case from Kraken Sports for it to work. Once you have the right accessory, you can easily access Night Sight, Portrait Mode, and Motion Photos through the physical buttons on the case. Extra features include water temperature and depth details are also displayed on your screen. It’s not entirely a new underwater mode, but this will make the Pixel a more versatile camera that can be used to shoot underwater photos which we think is neat.
The update will also include support for heart and respiratory rate tracking through the Google Fit app, which uses the Pixel’s camera.
The March feature drop is part of the monthly security updates that are now rolling to Pixel devices.