Google’s new Pixel feature is as much for impulsive creativity as it is for everyday conveniences. The company is rolling out a June feature update which, along with a separate download, offers a free music creation tool from Teenage Engineering. The Pocket Operator app for Pixel (shown middle) turns your videos into music and video “cuts” 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 spare time.
The drop-down feature also lets you see images from your Nest Doorbell on your Pixel phone’s lock screen (shown left). You will know right away if it is worth opening 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 only beta Chat mode in the Sound Amplifier app (to improve chats for the hearing impaired), a reminder to turn off your flashlight, and (soon) sound quality alerts. air for Australia, India and the United States. You’ll also find a trio of new pride-themed wallpapers from Yann Bastard, while skin-tone-appropriate 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 accident detection in Canada as well as new languages in Messages chat translation (Dutch, Korean, Thai, Traditional Chinese and Turkish). ).