Late last year, Google promised that the Pixel 4's automatic Call Screening feature would be coming to all of its Pixel phones in the coming weeks. Well, it's been eight weeks, but it looks like the feature is finally starting to roll out to other Pixel phones. We have confirmed reports that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 have picked up automatic Call Screening, potentially related to the latest Phone app beta.
Automatic Call Screen notification and settings in the Phone app on a Pixel 3 XL.
Although we didn't initially see automatic Call Screening available on our own devices, the feature finally appeared on a Pixel 3 XL running the latest Phone app beta (version 44.0.292482385) following a series of reboots and clearing the Phone app from memory. We also later confirmed it was live for us on a Pixel 2 XL, and we're told the feature is also now present on some original 2016 Pixels.
Anecdotal reports indicate that the rollout is probably tied to the most recent Phone app beta (testing program sign-ups are here), and our own experiences corroborate that. However, it's also possible the most recent monthly patches may have delivered the feature, or it could be controlled in a server-side setting/flag compatible with multiple versions of the app, among other potential explanations. Still, if you'd like to try the latest app version for yourself, you can pull it down manually over at our sister site APK Mirror.
Whatever the precise cause is, Google is finally starting to roll the automatic Call Screen feature out to older Pixel phones, though support documents haven't been updated to mention wider compatibility yet. If it works as it did before, this feature will only be available in English in the US.
Our readers have reported that the feature is also live on the Pixel 2, and we have confirmed that to be the case on our own 2 XL, running the same beta version of the Phone app. Our coverage has been updated with these details.
2016 Pixels and Pixel 3a
A Google spokesperson has reached out to us to confirm additional reports that the feature is also rolling out to the original Pixel phones.
Shortly after that, we received other reports also indicate the Pixel 3a series is also getting it. In short, the feature appears to be available now on all Pixels.
- Tom Bruning