Cross-Device Timers, Faster Night Sight, and Other March Pixel Features


With with this month’s significant update, the March Pixel Feature Drop has arrived, bringing your Pixel phone to Android 13 QPR2. This update is a bug-fixing monster, but it also includes several brand-new features that you should be aware of.

There is no disputing that this is most certainly one of the lighter drops we have seen after browsing through the list of new products. That’s not to say there won’t be any new features you’ll appreciate, especially if you have an older Pixel, enjoy timing your Google Home or Nest gadgets, or make a lot of calls using automated systems.

I like how At a Glance displays timers from Nest speakers and screens. Your Pixel phone’s At a Glance widget can now display a countdown if you set a timer on a Nest speaker or display, and it will notify you when that timer expires.

Health Connect: Google’s Health Connect is now pre-installed on Pixel phones and aims to serve as the central location for linking and exchanging health information amongst apps.

Dual eSIM: The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro now support dual eSIM, enabling the use of two eSIMs simultaneously.

Menus appear on Direct My Call+: Direct My Call will now display call menu options when you dial a number on your Pixel phone.

Faster Night Sight: “New and better algorithms” for Night Sight are coming to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, which should result in quicker low-light images.

Magic Eraser: This was already announced a few weeks ago, but older Pixel phones dating all the way back to the Pixel 4a may now download Magic Eraser for free.

Another feature that Google has already revealed, the Pixel Watch Fall Detection, will be a part of this Pixel Feature Drop.

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