Pixel smartphones are now getting the June 2021 update and it includes a number of fixes and changes. The June update brings astrophotography to Google Camera, a new locked folder in Google Photos, the ability to answer or decline calls with the Assistant, and intuitive copy and paste to Gboard. The car accident detection in the Personal Safety app will be made available in other countries along with call screen and recorder functions. Additionally, Google has released new Pride-themed wallpapers, ringtones, and notification tones to celebrate the Pride month of June.
The latest update from June 2021 offers a multitude of new functions for Pixel smartphones. The most notable change is the addition of astrophotography in Night Sight to take better photos of the night sky. This feature is only available on Pixel 4 and newer smartphones. Pixel users will get three eye-catching Pride wallpapers created by London artist Ashton Attzs, and new Pride ringtones and notifications created by LGBTQ + artists and YouTube creators to celebrate the month of Pride in June.
Google previewed the Locked Folder in Google Photos at its I / O 2021 keynote and is now rolling out to Pixel users. This new locked folder feature allows you to save certain photos in this folder for more privacy. “They’re stored on your device and won’t appear in any shared albums, reminders, or other apps on your device and can only be accessed with your device passcode or fingerprint,” says Google.
The car crash detection feature in the Personal Safety app will be rolled out to users in Ireland, Singapore and Spain. It was previously available in Australia, the UK, and the US. The update also brings a new heads-up feature in Digital Wellbeing settings that allows the Pixel phone to recognize when you are leaving and regularly remind you to look up from your screen.
The Google Assistant has the ability to answer or decline a call using voice commands. Users have to say, “Hey Google, answer the call” or “Hey Google, decline the call”. Gboard is getting smarter for Pixel users too, offering copied text as quick paste suggestions into apps like Messages and Google Maps.
Google also says that the Call Screen feature, which helps users avoid spam calls by answering unknown numbers to find out who is calling and why, is now available in Japan. Recorder, the app that converts audio to text so you can find, edit and share recordings, will be available in more English dialects, including Singaporean, Australian, Irish and British. The tech giant says the recorder extension will be rolled out on all Pixel 3 or newer phones by the end of July.
In addition to new features, the June update includes several bug fixes and improvements in many areas, including performance, stability, battery, and more. Pixel 3-series, Pixel 4-series and Pixel 5 users will receive a solution to a problem with certain wireless chargers. A common issue where moving photos could not be edited has also been resolved, and Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 users are given a solution to a video playback issue in some third-party apps and an issue that caused the notification sound to fluctuate. 9to5Google also reports a new grouped notification counter icon with the June Pixel Feature Drop.
The OTA update for Pixel smartphones will be introduced in phases, depending on the mobile operator and device. Users will receive a notification as soon as it becomes available. Alternatively, you can also download it from the developer site.