Back in December, Google announced that it will be releasing several features that will improve the existing offerings for Pixel smartphones as well as introduce a number of new features. Some of these features include auto framing for Google Duo video calls, automatic filtering of robocalls using Call Screen, etc. Although Google were set to release the features with the December security patch, that never materialized for a number of Pixel 3 and Pixel 4 owners.
After complaints regarding the release timeline, Google has confirmed through Twitter that the search engine giant will release a combined December and January security updates for all eligible devices. The company wrote, “We understand your concern, Mike. If you did not receive the December update, in the coming days you’ll be receiving a joint January and December security update. We apologize for the inconvenience.”
This latest announcement shouldn’t come off as a major surprise. Although Pixels are first smartphones to receive Google’s updates, the December security patch was one of the major feature drops in recent memory. As a result, a lot of users were frustrated to not receive the update on time. As Google typically rolls out security patch on the first Monday of a month, it’s likely that the update will be released in few days’ time.
As for the Pixel owners who haven’t received the new update in December, you will get a number of new features including the ability to add Portrait effect to existing photos, enhanced Call Screen experience, auto-framing for video calls in Google Duo and Live Caption.