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Pixel 5 underwater photo samples show off what Google's latest feature drop can do

Pixel 5 underwater photo samples show off what Google's latest feature drop can do

Google's March 2021 Pixel Feature Drop update delivered plenty of changes, but nestled among the list was one feature out of left-field: Underwater photography. That's right, Google has apparently and specifically improved Pixel camera performance when used with a handful of Kraken-brand underwater smartphone housings. Today we got our first glimpse of photo samples from the Pixel 5 showing off its new seaside skills, and they look pretty good.

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Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G dual SIM support has been improved in March update

Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G dual SIM support has been improved in March update

Monday's feature drop for the Pixel phones included a fun nugget that wasn't in the official changelog: it appears you can now use both a physical SIM card and an eSIM on 5G networks at the same time. Previously users who had both installed and operational were limited to LTE speeds, even if their carrier had 5G service in the area.

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Google's December Pixel Feature Drop lands today with too many features to count

Google's December Pixel Feature Drop lands today with too many features to count

December's Pixel Feature Drop is upon us, rolling out a handful of new features for the Pixel 3 and later Google devices. That includes familiar features trickling down from the Pixel 5 to older phones, like Hold For Me and Extreme Battery Saver, but also some new benefits, like an Adaptive Sound feature that leaked last week, in-app translations via the App Overview, extra home screen customization options, the ability to export your Now Playing song recognition history into YouTube Music playlists, and an Adaptive Connectivity feature to move between 4G and 5G based on the app you're using — and that's not even all of it.

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The latest Pixel phones just got a major upgrade in speaker audio quality

The latest Pixel phones just got a major upgrade in speaker audio quality

Google removed the dual front-firing speakers for last year's Pixel 4 phones, and the company's newest Pixel 5 flagship has bezels so thin that they won't be returning anytime soon. While on-device audio enthusiasts may be bummed, Google has introduced a feature that promises to enhance the speaker quality of newer Pixel devices with typical Google-y ingenuity.

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Google's new Extreme Battery Saver mode will be coming to older Pixels 'very soon'

Google's new Extreme Battery Saver mode will be coming to older Pixels 'very soon'

At today's Watch Night In event, Google announced a new Extreme Battery Saver feature for Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5, allowing you to stretch your battery's limits beyond what was previously possible. That's all well and good for early adopters of the new phones, but what about those of us with older Pixels? Luckily, Google has said that Extreme Battery Saver will be coming to existing Pixels in a feature drop "very soon."

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Pixel Buds feature drop includes audio cutout fixes and some new functionality

Pixel Buds feature drop includes audio cutout fixes and some new functionality

The second-generation Pixel Buds debuted a couple of months ago. We walked away unable to recommend them, but these wireless earbuds are getting a few new features today that will hopefully improve the experience a bit. They include bass boost, sharing detection, and a few others. Plus, some fixes have been implemented to hopefully alleviate the connectivity issues some have been experiencing.

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Google's third Pixel Feature Drop is here with new safety features, Recorder integrations, tools to manage sleep, and more

Google's third Pixel Feature Drop is here with new safety features, Recorder integrations, tools to manage sleep, and more

Google's third Pixel Feature Drop update has been announced with a handful of new features and tweaks for the company's line of phones. While we might yet find more minor changes hiding inside when it rolls out, we're told there are four broad categories of new features Pixel owners can look forward to: New Adaptive Battery tweaks to stretch out battery life, Recorder app integration with the Google Assistant and Google Docs, tools to better manage your sleep, and new personal safety features including crisis alerts and a "safety check" feature that notifies emergency contacts if you don't respond to a scheduled check-in.

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Google's new Pixel Buds will get 'feature drops' like Pixel phones

Google's new Pixel Buds will get 'feature drops' like Pixel phones

Google's newly released Pixel Buds 2 will get feature drop updates similar to the last two released for Pixels, according to a report from Forbes. There are no details yet on what sort of features we can look forward to, and no schedule for these updates has been provided.

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Hands-on with Google's second Pixel Feature Drop

Hands-on with Google's second Pixel Feature Drop

Google's second Pixel Feature Drop rolled out yesterday together with the March update, and it delivers quite a few tweaks to Google's Pixels. To be honest, it's probably an even bigger deal than the first Android 11 Developer Preview when it comes to user-facing changes — there are a lot of individual improvements present. I've spent the last two days or so mucking about with this latest Pixel experience, and here are my thoughts.

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Pixel Launcher now smartly suggests folder names based on which apps you add (APK Download)

Pixel Launcher now smartly suggests folder names based on which apps you add (APK Download)

The latest Pixel feature drop feels a little like a .x release of old — it packs many new features that we initially thought were slated for Android 11. The update includes additions like quick access to your digital wallet via the power menu, dark theme scheduling, and improved Motion Sense gestures for the Pixel 4, but there are also many smaller changes that aren't obvious at first sight. One of these is the Pixel Launcher's ability to automatically name folders based on which apps are in them.

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