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What’s new for Pixel phones in June?

By Harry Tucker June 8, 2021

One of the best parts about owning a Google Pixel is that it just keeps getting better after you’ve bought one, with new software features being added regularly1. This June, Google is launching a bunch of new features to make your Pixel 3 or newer safer, smarter and more fun.

From making a video of the night sky with Night Sight2 on Pixel 4 or newer, to alerts that remind you to look up while you’re out walking, your Pixel is now more helpful than ever.

Capture the stars in motion

Astrophotography in Night Sight2 first dropped in 2019 with the Pixel 4, and immediately blew us away with how well it could capture beautiful starry nights – not only for a smartphone camera, but for any camera.

This month’s update takes this to the next level by adding the ability to create a time-lapse video of the stars moving across the night sky, right from the camera app if you own a Pixel 4 or newer device. Everything happens during the same exposure, so you still get an amazing photo of the night sky, as well as a video you can easily share. Normally this would require a lot of gear, time and effort to get up and running on a camera, but in the world of Pixel it’s as simple as finding a good spot to capture the sky and opening the camera app.

Show your pride on your Pixel

If you’ve got a Pixel 3 or newer, you’ll be able to celebrate Pride with new wallpapers and ringtones coming your way. These include Pride-themed ringtones and notification sounds created by LGBTQ+ artists and YouTube creators. You’ll also get three bold, joyful wallpaper designs created especially for Google by artist Ashton Attzs.

Cut and paste essential info even faster

Google’s excellent Gboard keyboard app becomes even smarter this month, with important information such as a phone number or URL you’ve copied automatically appearing on the clipboard3. Now you can easily drop them into places such as Messages without needing to bring up the paste button – neat!

A hidden space for photos and videos

Most of us have a photo or two that may need a bit of extra privacy. Google Photos is receiving an update this month that means your photos and videos can now be stored in a locked folder, even right after taking them if you need. Images and videos in your locked folder won’t show up in shared albums, memories or any other apps on your device, and can only be viewed using your passcode or fingerprint.

Walk safely with your phone

Sometimes you can get a bit too engrossed in a tweet as you’re walking through the city – we get it, we’ve all been there! Luckily, your Pixel 3 or newer will soon be able to detect that you’re out for a stroll, and every now and then it’ll remind you to look up from your screen so that you can be mindful of your surroundings.

Things you need to know

1. Your Pixel will receive feature drops during the applicable Android update and support periods for the phone. See g.co/pixel/updates for details.

2. Available only on Pixel 4, 4a, 4a (5G) and 5 phones. See g.co/pixel/astrophotography to learn more.

3. Not available in all languages or countries. See g.co/gboard/clipboard for more information.

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All the new stuff coming to Google Pixel in December

By Luke Hopewell December 8, 2020

The best thing about the Google Pixel is that it gets better and better over time. With feature drops, your phone gets a boost of helpfulness thanks to software updates. Here’s what’s new in December.

How to get feature drops

You can see your device’s Android version number and security update level in your Settings app. You’ll get notifications when updates are available for you. You can also check for updates. Learn how to see and update your Android version.

You’ll get new features, tricks and apps on your Pixel 3, Pixel 4, Pixel 4a/4a with 5G and Pixel 5 as time goes on1.

Group movie nights are back on

December’s feature drop includes what’s called Duo Screen Sharing2. With this new feature, you’ll be able to join a video call on Google Duo via your Pixel 3 or newer phone, and share a video that the whole chat can watch.

Unlike other video sharing apps, you don’t need to open the video in a separate app. You all watch the video at the same time, in the same chat window! It’s being together without being together.

With Duo Screen Sharing, you can get closer to the ones you love in new and fun ways.

Get the most out of your phone

Adaptive Response is coming to your Pixel1. You’ve already got a load of great gear on your Pixel, and Adaptive Response is here to make it sing for you.

It takes your phone’s hardware and software and optimises them automatically to your environment to make your experience the best it can be each time.

With Adaptive Connectivity on Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a with 5G can help to save battery life by switching between 5G2 and 4G based on the app that you’re using. It’ll choose 4G for things like browsing the web or sending texts, and switch to 5G when you’re watching films or downloading large files.

And with Adaptive Sound on Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a with 5G, your audio sounds great no matter what environment you’re in3. Plus, improved location and safety features will keep you on the right track. And now you can use Google Lens to translate right in your phone’s browser4.

Vault the language barrier with Google Lens

With this month’s feature drop you can now have your Pixel 3 (or newer1) help you cross the language barrier with the tap of a button.

Google Lens can now detect if you’re reading something in another language, and automatically translate it for you6.

Simply take a screenshot of the page and tap the Lens chip to read the translated text.

Voila!

Walking smarter with Pixel

The new feature drop now features more accurate GPS for users of Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a with 5G1,2!

Your ridesharing service can find you more easily, and there’s no more guessing which side of the street you need to be on when you’re walking to your destination.

Make it yours

With new customisation features coming to your Pixel1, you can personalise it even further.

Personalise your home screen with new icons, grid views and app shapes, and create wallpapers out of famous artworks.

You can also make playlists from your Now Playing history. Just check your Now Playing history, then export your selected songs into a new YouTube Music playlist.

Pixel, but make it art

We all need a dose of culture in our lives, now more than ever.

Thankfully, Google Arts & Culture is introducing new wallpapers of famous artworks for your Pixel 3 or newer phone1. Find your favourite pieces from world-class museums, save them as your wallpaper and learn more about the art and artists.

Things you need to know

  1. Your Pixel will receive feature drops during the applicable Android update and support period for the phones. See g.co/pixel/updates for more details.
  2. Requires Wi-Fi or 5G Internet connection. Not available on all apps and content. Data rates may apply. Subscriptions may apply. 5G service, speed and performance depend on many factors including, but not limited to, operator network capabilities, device configuration and capabilities, network traffic, location, signal strength and signal obstruction.
  3. Not available for all apps or content. Available only on Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G).
  4. For available Google Lens languages, go to g.co/help/lens. Some Lens features require an Internet connection.
  5. Available only on Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a with 5G.
  6. For available Google Lens languages, go to g.co/help/lens. Some Lens features require an Internet connection.
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Call me maybe? Telstra and Google add inbound calls to Google Nest devices

By Campbell Simpson November 10, 2020

Our homes are becoming more connected than ever with smart technology like Google Nest devices, and we can make them even smarter with innovative and useful features that allow you to use your technology in the way that suits you best.

Last year we became the first mobile carrier in the world to offer outbound calling on Google Home/Nest devices through the launch of Voice Activated Calling, so we’re happy to say that you can now take inbound calls now too!

It’s really simple – once you’re set up, your Google Nest device will announce who is calling (if it’s one of your mobile contacts), and all you have to do is say “Hey Google, answer call” to get connected.

It’s the ultimate hands-free solution if you’re busy in the kitchen, or your mobile is out of reach. It helps you to efficiently multitask as we juggle different things at home in these difficult times, whether talking to family and friends, or taking work calls.

Speaking of “out of reach”, if you happen to have misplaced your phone (make sure you check under the sofa cushion), you can ask Google to call your own number to locate it.

We know the addition of inbound call answering will be just as useful and convenient as the outbound feature, and with hundreds of ‘Triple Zero’ emergency calls made since we launched, it proves how valuable more clever and connected devices in the home can be in situations like that.

Setting up is easy using the Google Home app, where you can select up to six different mobile numbers in the home.

You can configure which Google Nest devices you wish to add to your smart phone ring group in settings in your Google Home App. You can even activate a Do Not Disturb feature when you don’t want to be interrupted.

Your voice can answer calls on your Google Nest Mini, Home, Home Max, Nest Hub or Nest Hub Max regardless of where your mobile is located or even if it is turned off.

Google Nest devices use the same number as your mobile phone but operates independently and can be used as a second line if your mobile device is in use, so it’s perfect for taking two calls at once if you’re Mr or Mrs Popular.

We’re currently the only telco in Australia to partner with Google in bringing this clever and new way to connect. It’s yet another part of our commitment to provide the best network and best technology to help everyone to thrive.

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Google Pixel 4a with 5G: more Pixel for your buck

By Luke Hopewell November 9, 2020

What’s better than one Google Pixel? Two Pixels! This year alongside the Pixel 5, Google released the awesome Pixel 4a with 5G.1 We’re excited to be the exclusive mobile carrier offering Pixel 4a with 5G in Australia, to bring you more help from Google for less.

High-speed help for less

Side-by-side, the Pixel 4a with 5G and the Pixel 5 may look very similar. Indeed, when you look at their impressive spec sheets, the two line up pretty well, but the Pixel 4a with 5G comes packed with all the help from Google for only $799.

The Pixel 4a with 5G enjoys a 6.2-inch screen that makes your photos, video calls and everything in-between look great. It packs in the same octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor as the Pixel 5. It even packs in the same camera system inspired by the pros, with an ultrawide lens and features like Cinematic Pan for high quality video stabilisation and Portrait Light for professional looking filters. You can also take awesome shots at night with improved Night Sight and HDR+ for better lighting.

And you also get the best features of the Pixel 4a with 5G on Australia’s best network. Together with Pixel and 5G you can stream in a flash, as soon as you hit play, your favourite TV programmes and movies can be ready for you to watch in ultra-clear HD. 5G is rolling out in selected areas on selected plans, make sure you check out our coverage maps to see where it’s available.

Pixel 4a with 5G also helps keep your data safe with the custom made Titan M security chip, plus with Google Assistant you can stay on top of your to-do list. And with an All-day adaptive battery plus Extreme Battery Saver your Pixel can last up to 48 hours2 so you don’t have to worry about running out of power when you really need it. The Pixel 4a with 5G even has a 3.5mm headphone jack for your favourite pair of headphones.

The Pixel 4a with 5G gives you the opportunity to get a leading Android flagship 5G experience for less.1 And at a time when money matters, that’s important.

Learn more about Pixel 4a with 5G on Telstra

As the exclusive mobile carrier offering the Pixel 4a with 5G, we know that now is a time when getting more for less matters. That’s why for our new customers, we’re offering a welcome credit of $240 on us until 25 November.

We’re also making our XL plan cheaper to give everyone more for less. Consumer customers who take out a $115 XL plan will receive a $50 credit on their bill per month for 12 months. That means customers will receive 180GB of data for $65 per month for 12 months.

You can find out more about our flexible new plans and the new Pixel 4a 5G on Telstra.com.

Things you need to know:

[1] Requires a 5G data plan (sold separately). 5G service and roaming not available on all carrier networks or in all areas. Contact carrier for details about current 5G network performance, compatibility, and availability. Phone connects to 5G networks but, 5G service, speed and performance depend on many factors including, but not limited to, carrier network capabilities, device configuration and capabilities, network traffic, location, signal strength and signal obstruction. Actual results may vary. Some features not available in all areas. Data rates may apply. See g.co/pixel/networkinfo for info.

[2] For ‘All day’: Maximum battery life based on testing using a mix of talk, data, standby and use of other features. Testing was conducted on two major US carrier networks using Sub-6 GHz non-standalone 5G (ENDC) connectivity. For ‘Up to 48 hours’: Maximum battery life based on testing using a mix of talk, data, standby and use of limited other features that are default in Extreme Battery Saver mode (which disables various features including 5G connectivity). Testing was conducted on two major US carrier networks. For both claims: Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5 battery testing was conducted by a third party in California in mid-2020 on pre-production hardware and software using default settings, except that, for the ‘up to 48 hour claim’ only, Extreme Battery Saver mode was enabled. Battery life depends upon many factors, and usage of certain features.

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Meet the power-packed new 5G Google Pixel 5

By Luke Hopewell October 1, 2020

The Google Pixel 5 is here, and there’s more to love about the Pixel experience than ever, with improved cameras, a bigger screen and a smarter design with power and security built-in.

As soon as you clap your eyes on it, you notice the larger 6–inch screen (151 mm display), with a design that pushes it closer to the edge than ever thanks to a hole-punch 8-megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera. That POLED screen will dole out your favourite games, videos, and more at a brilliant 1080×2340 resolution with 432 pixels per inch.

The camera has always been where the Pixel models have shone through, and this year’s upgrades are worth writing home about. The Pixel 5 features two rear-facing cameras: a Dual Pixel wide-angle camera with Optical Image Stabilisation and a 77-degree field-of-view, backed up by a 16-megapixel Ultrawide camera with an awesome 118-degree field-of-view.

As usual, the cameras go hand-in-glove with Google’s incredible computational photography smarts to make your images sing. Night Sight is back for unreal photos when the Sun goes down and the stars come out and, now with Night Sight in Portrait mode, you can capture beautifully blurred backgrounds even in extremely low light. HDR+ has been improved to ensure that colour, lighting and more are all adjusted automatically to bring out the best in bright shots, and lens correction means that any lens distortion created by wide-angled cameras is fixed automatically.

You get other nifty new auto-awesome features like Portrait Relighting for applying filters after you’ve taken the snap, and Cinematic Pan on your videos for a cinematic look on your videos.

Going for the shot is also safer than ever with Pixel 5 thanks to a new IP68[1] dust and water resistance rating that helps keeps your phone safe from unexpected accidents. And speaking of accident safety: the Pixel 5 also has what’s called Car Crash Detection. Should things take a turn out on the road, Google Pixel 5 can automatically call emergency services when you have Car Crash Detection turned on.

The Pixel 5 is also a great device for keeping in touch during 2020, with Google Duo coming pre-installed. And thanks to our amazing 5G network[2], we’re also supporting HD Streaming functionality on the Pixel 5 which allows you to share your screen with your friends, so you can watch the same video or cheer on sports together while being safely distanced.

You can use the best features of the Pixel 5 with Australia’s best network. Together with Pixel 5 and 5G you can stream in a flash, as soon as you hit play, your favourite TV programmes and movies can be ready for you to watch in ultra-clear HD. 5G is rolling out in selected areas on selected plans, make sure you check out our coverage maps to see where it’s available.[3]

You also get an unreal all-day battery life from the new Pixel 5 with a whopping 4080mAh cell to keep you talking, texting, browsing, watching and playing for longer. The Pixel 5 also includes Wireless Charging[4] and Reverse Wireless Charging, so you can not only keep your gear juiced, but help your mates out on the go![5]

And of course, your stuff is kept safe from intruders and ne’er-do-wells with the awesome Titan M security chip built-in for 24×7 security for sensitive photos and data.

Pixel 5 pricing

The Google Pixel 5 will be released 15 October 2020, with pre-orders opening from 1 October. Customers who pre-order the Pixel 5 with Telstra will receive a bonus Google Nest Hub Max (RRP $349) when they add it to a month to month plan.[6]

Nest Hub Max with Google Assistant helps your busy family stay in touch and on track. Leave video messages and make video calls to friends and family. [7] Check in on home when you’re away with the built-in Nest Cam. [8] Share reminders and to-dos. Everyone sees their own calendar, commute and more with just a glance. [9] Enjoy Google Photos, YouTube, videos and music[10] on the 10-inch HD screen with stereo speakers.

The Pixel 5 is available on our awesome post-paid mobile plans that offer consumer and small business customers greater flexibility with month-to-month plans; no excess data charges in Australia and the ability to personalise your plan through add-ons. Plus, you get access to Australia’s best 5G on our Medium and above mobile plans to take advantage of the great new features on Pixel 5 in 5G coverage areas.

The Google Pixel 5 (128GB) will be available in two colours – Just Black and Sorta Sage – from $999, which works out to $41.62 a month when you add to the $65+ Medium mobile plan (5G access included) and stay connected for 24 months (Min. cost $2559 when you stay connected for 24 months. Plan price may change).

Google Pixel 4a with 5G coming to Telstra

What’s better than one new Pixel? Two new Pixels!

We’re excited to carry the Google Pixel 4a with 5G as the exclusive telco partner in Australia, so that everyone can get the fast speeds and incredible experience that comes from our partnership.

The new 4a with 5G features the familiar design of the Pixel 4a, while packing in support for Australia’s best 5G network. You also get the benefit of an ultrawide lens and a 3.5mm headphone jack so you can pump your fave tunes that way if you’re so inclined!

We’ll share more about pricing and availability of the Pixel 4a with 5G soon.

Things you need to know:

1 Pixel 5 has a dust and water protection rating of IP68 under IEC standard 60529. Charger and accessories are not water-resistant or dust-resistant. Water and dust resistance are not permanent conditions and may be compromised due to normal wear and tear, repair, disassembly or damage.

[2] Telstra’s 5G now rolling out in selected areas and available on selected plans. 5G service, speed and performance depend on many factors including, but not limited to, carrier network capabilities, device configuration and capabilities, network traffic, location, signal strength and signal obstruction. Actual results may vary. Some features are not available in all areas. Data rates may apply. See g.co/pixel/networkinfo for info.

[3] Screen sharing not available on group calls. Requires Wi-Fi or 5G internet connection. Not available on all apps and content. Data rates may apply. 5G service, speed and performance depend on many factors including, but not limited to, carrier network capabilities, device configuration and capabilities, network traffic, location, signal strength, and signal obstruction

[4] Qi-compatible. Wireless charger sold separately.

[5] Designed to charge Qi-certified devices. Use of Battery Share significantly reduces Pixel battery life. Cases may interfere with charging and will reduce charging speed. Charge speeds may vary. See g.co/pixel/wirelesscharging for more information.

[6] Redemption criteria apply. Limit one per customer. Bonus offer ends 26 November 2020.

[7] Next Hub Max requires a Wi-Fi network, a nearby electrical socket and a compatible (Android, iOS) mobile device. Minimum OS requirements are available at g.co/home/req. Subscription(s) may be required to access certain content. Additional terms, conditions and/or charges may apply. Google Duo account required to make video calls and leave video messages.

[8] Night Vision not supported.

[9] Personalised results, for up to six users, require additional enrolment and setup.

[10] Music services require a subscription.