New Pixel features are rolling out in December’s update

Many of the latest features introduced with Pixel 5 are now being rolled out to Pixel 3 and newer smartphones. Here is what Google has confirmed is coming fo all devices from the Pixel 3 to the Pixel 5:

Hold for Me which lets you save time anytime a company places you on hold. Open to Pixel owners in the U.S. in English, Google Assistant is waiting for you on the line to let you know when someone’s ready to speak. We find that when Hold for Me is allowed, it saves an average of eight minutes per call.

Another valuable feature to be carried out to previous Pixel devices is the Intense Power Saver. When this is switched on, your Pixel will automatically restrict some of the applications and only run the basics so that your battery lasts as long as possible.

And now friends and families will share the pleasure of watching the same film, cheering up live sports together and organising activities—even if they’re far away. Although Couple screen sharing on one-to-one calls is already possible, screen sharing is now becoming available on community calls as long as you are using Wi-Fi or a 5G network.

Finally, Google has shown a redesigned, more supportive editor in Google Images with a new tab that offers you machine learning tips customised to the image you’re editing. Now on Pixel, we’re making new suggestions, like Dynamic, that improves light, contrast and colour, and a series of sky suggestions that help you make spectacular sunset and sunrise images in just one tap.

Google gadgets are most useful because they support you effortlessly during the day—wherever you are. This is what Google call ambient computation, and it guides their approach to how Pixel can respond to your needs in real time.

For example, Adaptive Sound increases the sound quality of your phone speakers depending on your environment. It uses the microphone to measure the acoustics around you and then changes the parameters of the sound equaliser in some apps.

The GPS on Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) is now more accurate when you’re on foot. Your Pixel can also now detect if you’re viewing a website or app in a different language and translate it using Google Lens. Just take a screenshot or swipe into App Overview, and tap the Lens chip to see the translation. For available Google Lens languages go to

And for a little more help between charges, there are new context-aware battery features. Additional improvements to Adaptive Battery for Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) can automatically save even more power if a user is likely to miss their next charge, keeping the device powered even longer. Adaptive Charging helps preserve battery health over time by dynamically controlling how quickly a Pixel device charges. Just plug in your phone in the evening, set an alarm and the Adaptive Charging will work its magic.

And for Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a (5G) owners, our new Adaptive Connectivity feature helps you get the most out of your battery by automatically switching from 5G to 4G based on the app you’re using. It’ll choose 4G for things like browsing the web or sending texts, and switch to 5G when you’re watching movies or downloading large files. (Not available on all carriers or for all apps or features.

Your phone should feel uniquely yours. Now you can personalize your home screen with new icons, grid views and app shapes, or even choose custom wallpapers of famous artworks provided by cultural institutions from around the world on Google Arts & Culture (wallpapers coming soon directly into the wallpaper categories in settings).

Plus, a special treat for Star Wars fans: Google, Disney and Lucasfilm worked together to launch “The Mandalorian” AR Experience, an augmented reality app available on Google Play for 5G Google Pixel devices and other select 5G Android phones. Now all Pixel 3 and newer devices can customize the home screen with original new Mandalorian wallpapers.