Last updated: June 14, 2023, 7:08 PM IST
Google has released the June edition of Pixel Drop, which is basically a series of feature updates delivered to the Pixel phones and the Pixel Watch. Usually the Drop updates are incremental and nothing noteworthy comes out, but the latest Pixel Drop update for smartphones and the watch is loaded. The updates usually revolve around calling, camera improvements, connectivity upgrades and more.
Pixel Drop June update for Pixel phones
If you have one of the compatible Pixel phones, the June 2023 Pixel Drop has a slew of upgrades for your device. First, you have the support for emergency alerts from the Google Assistant. This is like following a friend or family member, and if they don’t come back after the specified timeline, the Assistant will alert the person and provide their real-time location as well. The voice assistant now gets two new voices, making it 12 in total.
Crash detection is the other major update with the new Pixel Drop, as it also shares real-time location and call status with your emergency contacts so they know when you’ve had an accident.
Then you only have a camera-focused update for the Pixel 7 Pro users called the Macro Focus that works for videos and gives you minute details of the subject. For the other Pixel models, the front camera gets self-timed selfies that can be set from 3 to 10 seconds. The phones can also convert their background photos to 3D, which seems to offer a different experience on the home screen.
The other interesting feature is the ability to export your transcripts from the Recorder app to Google Docs and even search for speakers in the audio clips. The update is only available to those with a Pixel 6 or later models. Adaptive charging is getting smarter on the Pixel phones, and some Pixel models have an intuitive vibration intensity based on where they’re kept.
Pixel Drop update for Pixel Watch
Pixel Watch can track your SpO2 readings and also tell you when they change while you sleep, as long as you’re wearing the smartwatch. The Google watch also alerts you when the heart rate is unusually high or low. The smartwatch also stops tracking your steps when you take a break and starts again when you resume your workout.