One of the most exciting things Pixel owners can look forward to is the quarterly Pixel Feature Drop. Every three months, Google distributes an update to compatible Pixel devices with new features. Currently, that group includes the Pixel 3 and newer models. And as luck would have it, today, the first day of the new month, Google pushed out the latest Pixel Feature Drop.
One of the new features is the Recorder app. This app allows users to record, transcribe (English only) and search for certain audio on their Pixel. The Feature Drop allows Pixel users to share links to their Recorder audio files, so that people without Pixel can listen to certain audio that has been recorded. By going to recorder.google.com, users can listen to their recordings, read transcripts and search through audio files. The entire Recorder playback experience is available in a single link that can be easily shared. Pixel users can also back up their recordings to their Google Account and retrieve them from any device.
Pixel has also added some colorful and new wallpapers with this drop. Created by artists around the world, some of these celebrate the diversity of cultures around the world. And a week from today, March 8th, for International Woman’s Day, “Pixel will add new wallpapers illustrated by Spanish duo Cachetejack, which focus on the strength and transformation of women.”
Lastly, the Pixel Feature Drop adds Smart Compose to certain messaging apps on the Pixel. Smart Compose uses AI to help you complete a sentence while you are in the midst of typing it. It uses common phrases to quickly complete what you are writing to help you reduce the number of times that you have to type the same thing over and over again, and it also cuts back on typos. The feature is available only in the U.S. and in English only.
An update for the most recent Pixel models (Pixel 4a, Pixel 4a 5G and the Pixel 5) corrects a problem that causes a full-screen display to appear chopped up in certain situations. There are several updates for the Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 including one fix for an issue that freezes the battery indicator percentage. Another update for the pair exterminates a bug that misses call notifications in certain scenarios, and yet another update takes care of a problem that prevents the two Pixels from automatically rotating the screen.
Here’s what Pixel users received today with the quarterly feature drop!