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Google brings new features and addresses bugs on the Pixel 3, Pixel 4 and Pixel 5 series with the June 2021 update

Google's new Feature Drop brings several new features to Pixel smartphones. (Image source: Google)
Google's new Feature Drop brings several new features to Pixel smartphones. (Image source: Google)
Google's latest Feature Drop has arrived for the Pixel 3, Pixel 4 and Pixel 5 series. The June 2021 update includes an astro-time-lapse video mode, a locked folder option in Google Photos and an improved Gboard, among other improvements. The latest update addresses several bugs for Pixel handsets, too.

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Google has announced its June 2021 Feature Drop for Pixel smartphones. The new update is packed with several improvements and bug fixes, including Locked Folder in Google Photos and a timelapse astrophotography mode. The bugs that this month's update addresses can be seen below.

Google announced locked folders last month at Google I/O, which it has now integrated within the Google Photos app. You can access your locked folder using a fingerprint, password or your face in the case of the Pixel 4 series. Placing a photo or video in a locked folder prevents it from showing up elsewhere in other apps, too.

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Bug fixes for this month's update. (Image source: Google)
Bug fixes for this month's update. (Image source: Google)

Additionally, you can now create timelapse videos using Night Sight in the Google Camera app. Unfortunately, This mode is only available to Pixel 4 or Pixel 5 smartphones. The new mode saves a timelapse video and a photo, for reference.

(Image source: Google)

Moreover, Google has added new wallpapers and ringtones to celebrate Pride Month, while its car crash detection feature is now available in Spain, Ireland and Singapore. You can read more about this feature here. Google has also refined the Gboard app by parsing phone numbers, email addresses or URLs. Now, when you copy text, these parsed snippets will appear on your clipboard. The build numbers to look out for this month are:

  • Pixel 3 (XL): RQ3A.210605.005
  • Pixel 3a (XL): RQ3A.210605.005
  • Pixel 4 (XL): RQ3A.210605.005
  • Pixel 4a: RQ3A.210605.005
  • Pixel 4a (5G): RQ3A.210605.005
  • Pixel 5: RQ3A.210605.005

According to a forum post, all supported Pixel handsets will receive these software updates courtesy of the June 2021 update, albeit only if they are running Android 11. The June 2021 update rollout begins today, although it could take a few days for the update to reach all eligible handsets.

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Alex Alderson, 2021-06- 8 (Update: 2021-06- 8)