Google Pixel gets battery optimizations and Adaptive Sound


Google’s latest Pixel feature drop, where the company brings a slew of new software tricks to its smartphone lineup. The company announces the big news today. Besides some brand-new functionality like Adaptive Sound. And it improves the sound quality of your phone speaker based on your surroundings.  Additionally, the December drop is also bringing many of the latest software features from the Pixel 5, 4A 5G, and 4A to older devices.

Google says all the features will be seen in Pixel 3 and newer. In simple terms, it means that features like Hold for Me. Where the Google Assistant waits for a real person to hop. Instead of making you do it, others like Extreme Battery Saver mode and screen sharing on Duo calls on the customer support line. They will soon hit older devices.

Extreme Battery Saver seems like an over-correction from the company after last year’s Pixel 4 and 4 XL got average battery life. Well, we can say that this year’s this year’s Pixels all have great endurance, and most people are not likely to use it. But Extreme Battery Saver “only runs the essentials, so your battery lasts as long as possible. It indeed makes more sense on those Pixel 4, 3A, and three devices as their batteries continue to age.

Will all phones get the features?

Several Pixel phones receiving this feature drop will be getting a new feature to preserve the battery’s long-term health: Adaptive Charging. Google says that it has seen some kind of implementations from other smartphone makers. Adaptive Charging “helps preserve battery health over time by dynamically controlling how quickly a Pixel device charges” when plugged in overnight. The same feature is coming to Pixels 4 and newer.

Additionally, Google’s first 5G-capable phones, the Pixel 5 and 4A 5G, will now default to using 4G for simple tasks, including web browsing and texting. But they are most likely to flip on the 5G connection for streaming movies or watching large files. It sounds quite familiar to the system Apple has in place for the iPhone 12 series. Though Google notes this “Adaptive Connectivity” feature isn’t available on all carriers or for all apps.

Like for Apple, users able to turn off if they prefer full 5G speeds at all times when there a signal. On this, Google says the GPS accuracy on the Pixel 5 and 4A 5G will improve after this update. Well, if you are a Pixel owner, you will also find new suggestions in Google Photos, including “Dynamic, which enhances brightness, contrast, and color.

Besides, you will get a set of sky suggestions, which help you create stunning sunset and sunrise images in just one tap. It may sound these features are Pixel exclusive, but all we can say is you need to wait for the updates to roll out.

Something interesting on the cards:

As for that impressive Adaptive Sound trick, that seems like an attempt to improve the Pixel 5’s mediocre speaker output. But you need to know that it uses the microphone to assess the acoustics near you. Then it adjusts the sound equalizer settings in certain apps. Hence the phone will tune audio differently in your bathroom compared to the bedroom. Google notes that “all microphone data” recorded for speaker optimization is deleted shortly after being recorded. The company also says this feature always runs locally on your device and doesn’t send any audio to the cloud.

You need to know that adaptive Sound is only coming to the Pixel 5 and 4A 5G. Lastly, the home screen on Pixel phones is getting more customizable with this update.  It allows you to choose “new icons, grid views, and app shapes,” as seen below. All of this, plus smaller stuff like the option to export the Pixel’s “Now Playing,” will roll out soon. Along with this, the automatic music recognition to a YouTube Music playlist will also be available.

The latest pixels:

Google Pixel 5Google Pixel 4A 5GGoogle Pixel 4AGoogle Pixel 4
Display size, resolution6-inch OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels6.2-inch OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels5.81-inch OLED; 2,340×1,080 pixels5.7-inch OLED; 2,280×1,080 pixels
Pixel density432PPI 413 PPI 443 PPI 444 PPI
Dimensions (Inches)5.7 x 2.8 x 0.3 in6.1 x 2.9 x 0.3 in5.7 x 2.7 x 0.3 in2.7 x 5.7 x 0.3 in
Dimensions (Millimeters)144.7 x 70.4 x 8.0 mm153.9 x 74 x 8.2 mm (Sub-6 only) 153.9 x 74 x 8.5 mm (mmWave + Sub-6)144 x 69.4 x 8.2 mm68.8 x 147.1 x 8.2 mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams)5.33 oz; 151g5.93 oz; 168g (Sub-6 only) 6.03 oz; 171g (mmWave + Sub-6)5.04 oz; 143g5.7 oz; 162g
Mobile softwareAndroid 11Android 11Android 10Android 10
Camera12.2-megapixel (standard), 16-megapixel (ultrawide)12.2-megapixel (standard), 16-megapixel (ultrawide)12.2-megapixel12.2-megapixel (standard), 16-megapixel (telephoto)
Front-facing camera8-megapixel8-megapixel8-megapixel8-megapixel
Video capture4K4K4K4K
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 765GQualcomm Snapdragon 765GQualcomm Snapdragon 730GQualcomm Snapdragon 855
Storage128GB128GB128GB64GB, 128GB
Expandable storageNoNoNoNo
Battery4,000 mAh3,800 mAh3,140 mAh2,800 mAh
Fingerprint sensorRearRearRearNo

As Google’s marquee handset, Pixel 5 is the most premium. It is mainly because it has 5G connectivity, a 90Hz display, and reverse wireless charging. The Pixel 4A 5G also has 5G, but it doesn’t have a higher refresh rate screen. And it can’t charge other accessories. But one thing is for sure you can get all the new updates with these features.

Key Takeaway:

All of the Pixels receiving this characteristic drop will probably be getting a brand new characteristic to protect the battery’s long-term wellbeing. Google says Adaptive Charging “helps protect battery well over time by dynamically controlling how rapidly Pixel machine fees.