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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.


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 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 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 Some Lens features require an Internet connection.
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Hands-on with the Google Pixel 5: what you’ll love about this refined masterpiece

By Luke Hopewell October 15, 2020

The Google Pixel has been through a number of iterations, but none are quite as impressive as the new Pixel 5. With 5G to boot, it’s an incredible device that deserves your attention. Here’s why you’ll love it.

Power for days

All-day battery life is so last year. Google knows that, which is why the Pixel 5 allows you to add up to an extra day to your all-day adaptive battery with Extreme Battery Saver. Extreme Battery Saver helps your Pixel to last up to 48 hours when you really need it. [1] This mode learns what your favourite apps are to prioritise where your power goes. That’s thanks to some nifty work from Google, and a whopping 4080mAh cell in the Pixel 5 to keep you going longer.

And you don’t have a monopoly on all that power, either. With Battery Share, you can wirelessly give power to a friend or power your other devices.[2]

Your photos made better with AI

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 camera with Optical Image Stabilisation and a 77-degree field-of-view, backed up by a 16-megapixel Ultrawide camera with an awesome 107-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 an IP68[3] dust and water resistance rating that helps keeps your phone safe from unexpected accidents.

All made better with Australia’s best 5G

The Pixel 5 is the ultimate Google phone, and what would the ultimate Google phone be without Australia’s best 5G?

Our 5G is now in more places, too. We’re on a mission to bring better connectivity to everyone, especially with our 5G. We’re working to grow our footprint to 75% by June next year, and today we’ve passed an important milestone on that journey with over 2000 sites now live covering more than 41 per cent of Australia’s population.

We’ve made a commitment to roll out our exciting new 5G capabilities to more areas across metro, regional and rural Australia, and that’s exactly what we’re doing.

More than 12 million Australians now live, work or pass through our 5G coverage footprint daily, giving them access to our superfast network at a time when connectivity matters more than ever.

There are now over 1400 suburbs across the country with more than 50 per cent 5G coverage, and we recently celebrated our 2000th live site in Airlie Beach in Queensland’s Whitsundays. It now joins more than 60 other cities and towns in the country where the 5G rollout is underway.

To find out where 5G is going to land near you, check out our new Mobile Coverage Maps that show not only where 5G is now, but where it’s being built in the coming months.


The Google Pixel 5 is out now, and 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). For a limited time you will also receive a bonus Nest Hub Max valued at $349 when you purchase Pixel 5 with Telstra.

There’s so much to love about the Pixel 5. Head into a store or get a look at our hands-on video above to see for yourself.

Things you need to know

1 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 will decrease battery life. Actual battery life may be lower.

2 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 for more information.

3 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.