Google has announced the December release of Android 12 Pixel Feature Drop for Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, bringing convenient new features such as digital car key support in select regions, new Quick Tap to Snap, and improvements to built-in features such as Now Playing and Recorder … Some of the features will also be available on older Pixel smartphones, according to the company. The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are also getting Talk Mode accessibility with new wallpapers to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
The company announced through Blog post that the latest Pixel Feature Drop will be rolling out to Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro starting next week. Meanwhile, owners of older Pixel smartphones from Pixel 3a to Pixel 5a 5G began receiving “matching updates” from the Pixel Feature Drop on December 6, which means that features incompatible with their hardware won’t be included in the latest feature update. respectively.
According to Google, the first feature coming to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro is digital car key support, which will work on “some 2020-2022 BMWs” in “some countries.” Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro users can press the doorknob to unlock by placing their phone on the key reader and pressing the engine start button, the company says. Google is also expanding support for car crash detection to Taiwan, Italy and France with the latest Pixel Feature Drop.
The Pixel 4a (5G) and newer Pixel smartphones will get a new Quick Tap to Snap feature on the lock screen, which the company says will make the Pixel “the fastest Snap phone ever.” Meanwhile, Pixel users can also use an exclusive Pixel lens called Pixel Face in their shots. Google says there will be more Pixel-exclusive lenses in the upcoming Pixel Feature Drops.
Google has added support for an early accessibility feature called Talk Mode, which helps users amplify the voices of the people they are talking to. According to Google, this feature uses machine learning on the device and can turn off other ambient sounds to focus on the other person in noisy environments.
Pixel 4 or newer smartphone users will also be able to hit the search button to check if there is a song that Now Playing could not be identified by detection on the device. Pixel Buds A-Series owners will also get better bass control with the Pixel Buds app. Meanwhile, according to the company, the Pixel 6 Pro will now be able to use ultra-wideband (UWB) technology to share files faster with other UWB-enabled devices nearby.
International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated on December 3, and Google has added three new wallpapers as part of the latest Feature Drop for Pixel smartphones. They are in the Curated Culture collection in the Wallpapers app. Meanwhile, the company says it has updated its Recorder app with Japanese, French and German transcription support for Pixel smartphones as part of the latest Pixel Feature Drop.