• Google takes aim at ‘beauty filters' with design changes coming to Pixel phones

    29 days ago - By Tech Crunch

    Google is taking aim at photo face filters and other “beautifying” techniques that mental health experts believe can warp a person's self-confidence, particularly when they're introduced to younger users. The company says it will now rely on expert guidance when applying design principles for photos filters used by the Android Camera app on Pixel smartphones. In the Pixel 4a, Google has already turned off face retouching by default, it says, and notes the interface will soon be updated to include what Google describes as “value-free” descriptive icons and labels for the app's face...
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  • Google is adding a new feature to Pixel phones that will eliminate an annoying part of modern life: waiting on hold

    Google is adding a new feature to Pixel phones that will eliminate an annoying part of modern life: waiting on hold

    29 days ago - By Business Insider

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    Google is adding a new feature that eliminates an irritating part of modern life: waiting on hold.
    The feature, called Hold for Me, will come in handy any time you're stuck listening to a recorded message or music while waiting to speak with a human being over the phone. Hold for Me will wait on the call for you, using Google Assistant to detect when a human has come on the line. Then, it sends a notification asking if you'd like to return to the call.
    While you're waiting, the call will be muted, but Google Assistant will create captions on your phone screen in real...
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  • Google now has three mid-range Pixel phones

    Google now has three mid-range Pixel phones

    29 days ago - By Tech Crunch

    The Pixel has always been a mixed bag. The first-generation product was announced roughly this time four years ago, with Google finally offering a full-throated entry into the smartphone space after years of device partnerships.
    Of course, by 2016, the market was already mature - particularly for Android phones. But while it was easy to write off those initial devices as Nexus-like references for future software updates, Google made it clear that it was taking the line seriously. It put any doubts to rest two years later, with its $1.1 billion acquisition of the design team from a...
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