Google begins June 2023 Feature Drop rollout for numerous Pixel smartphones
Google has provided more details about the June 2023 Feature Drop for Pixel, which it originally detailed almost two weeks ago. The company is now also ready to start rolling out the new features to the Pixel 4a 5G onwards, including the new Pixel 7a. Incidentally, the release of a Feature Drop to Pixel smartphones coincides with an equivalent update for the Pixel Watch.
In a blog post, Google explains that it is now possible to start a safety check timer that will notify your emergency contacts if you don't respond after a set period. In Google's view, this could be useful when heading out for a night run; the same safety check will also share your real-time location with emergency contacts. The same goes for car crash detection, which still maintains the option of dialling emergency services if you do not respond to a prompt.
Separately, Google now allows Pixel 7 Pro owners to use macro mode when recording videos and has added a gesture for triggering a selfie camera timer. Please note that the latter is only available for the Pixel 6 onwards. Likewise, Pixel smartphones with Tensor chipsets can transform 2D pictures into 3D cinematic wallpapers with perspective shifts between background and foreground when moving around the UI. Elsewhere, Google has tweaked the haptics of the Pixel 6a and Pixel 7a to reduce vibration intensity when they detect they are lying on a hard and flat surface. Please see Google's blog post for full details about its latest Feature Drop.