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.