Google’s newest Pixel Removal feature is as much for spontaneous creativity as it is for everyday conveniences. The company is rolling out a June feature update which, with a separate download, offers a free music creation tool from Teen Engineering. The Pocket Operator for the Pixel app (middle) turns your videos into music and video cut-ups with a mix of sounds, patterns, and visual effects. You’ll need a Pixel 5 or newer to get started, but it might be worth a try if you want to create some beats in your downtime.
The drop feature also lets you see images from your Nest Doorbell on your Pixel phone’s lock screen (pictured left). You’ll know right away if it’s worth answering the door. And if you need to show proof of your COVID-19 vaccines, you can now take a screenshot of your digital vaccine card and create a shortcut for your home screen (right). This will only be available in Australia, Canada and the United States, but could be useful if you still need to show proof of vaccination to board a flight or enter a venue.
Other upgrades include a previously beta-only Chat mode in the Sound Amplifier (to improve chats for the hearing impaired), a reminder to turn off your flashlight, and (soon) air quality alerts for Australia, India and the United States. You’ll also find a trio of new pride-themed wallpapers from Yann Bastard, while skin-friendly image filters are now active in Google Photos.
The update starts rolling out to Pixel 4 and later devices today. You can also expect broader support for existing features, including car crash detection in Canada, as well as new languages in Messages chat translation (Dutch, Korean, Thai, Traditional Chinese, and Turkish). ).
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