Google’s First Feature Drop of 2023 Arrives for Pixel Phones and Watch

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Google has announced its first feature drop of 2023, bringing new capabilities for its Pixel smartphones and Pixel Watch.

Here’s what’s new in today’s March 2023 feature drop:

  • Night Sight is now available on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro thanks to new algorithms powered by Google Tensor
  • Magic Eraser is now available on all Pixel smartphones to erase distractions in photos
  • Fall detection is now on Google Pixel Watch to call for help
  • Health Connect is now pre-installed on Pixel phones to store data from health and fitness apps
  • Direct My Call+: Pixel can now show you menu options right away before they’re spoken; available on Pixel 4a and newer
  • Timers on Nest devices: timers set on a Nest device is now shown on At a Glance on your pixel phone; push notifications to your Pixel phone when a timer goes off
  • Ultra-wideband digital car keys: for select 2022+ BMW models on Pixel 6 Pro and 7 Pro, you can unlock/lock you car just by walking to and from; start your car’s engine by leaving phone in pocket; debuts in “coming weeks”
  • Fast Pair for select Chromebooks: automatically pair Pixel Buds or Fast Pair Bluetooth headphones to Chromebook with a tap or click
  • New emojis on Emoji Kitchen via Gboard
  • Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro: now use two eSIMs with Dual SIM Dual Standby
  • Hold for Me launches in Japan (joining US, Australia, Canada)

Also, new sound and display settings are coming to Wear OS 3+ to customize audio and visual experiences. Mono-audio is coming, along with colour-correction and greyscale modes.