Google Pixel’s Call Screen gets a simpler Protection Level menu

Call Screen is one of the best features of Google’s Pixel phones. It does a great job at automatically blocking spam and robocalls. Plus, you have the option of manually screening a call as well when you want to know why the person is calling. On the Pixel 6 and 7 series, you get automatic call screening, so your phone can screen calls magically and block spam calls, thereby saving you time. To make your experience even better, Google is rolling out a small tweak to the Call Screen settings menu, consolidating the various screening options in a better way.


So far, Google’s Phone app provided granular controls over Call Screen for different types of incoming calls: Spam, Possibly faked numbers, First-time callers, and Private or hidden. Depending on your preference, your Pixel could silently decline the call, automatically screen the call and decline robocalls, or make your phone ring.

Left: Old Call Screen menu with granular options; Right: New Call Screen Protection Level menu

Google has now consolidated all these options under a single Protection Level menu with three options: Maximum, Medium, and Basic. If you only want to decline known spam calls, you need to use the Basic protection level for Call Screen. While Medium and Maxmium options reject spam calls, the former will also screen suspicious calls. When using the Maximum protection level, your Pixel will screen all unknown numbers.

The new Protection Level menu is less granular than before, but this is actually a good change as it makes Call Screen less intimidating for new users. Power users, however, might not be happy with this change.

Android Police News Editor Dallas Thomas got the new Call Screen Protection Level menu in the Phone app v106.0.534575879.

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Google’s January Android update is going out to Pixels now with support for Spatial Audio

Google’s first Android update of the year is now starting to roll out to supported Pixels, and as usual it will take a few weeks for it to reach all of the devices out there in the wild.

On the security side, there are around 40 fixes. There are also a few bug fixes and feature additions. Static Spatial Audio, for example, is now live for the Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, Pixel 7, and Pixel 7 Pro. This will provide surround sound for any connected headset. The Pixel Buds Pro will receive an update “in the coming weeks” that will enable Spatial Audio with head tracking.

Google's January Android update is going out to Pixels now with support for Spatial Audio

Fingerprint recognition and response has been improved further, in “certain conditions”, for the Pixel 6a and Pixel 7, and an issue that occasionally caused captured photos to appear corrupted or distorted while zoomed in was also resolved on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro.

Two Bluetooth-related problems have been fixed as well. One was sometimes preventing certain Bluetooth Low Energy devices or accessories from pairing or reconnecting, the other prevented audio from playing over certain headphones or accessories while connected in certain conditions.

An issue preventing the display from waking or appearing turned off while the device is powered on has also been resolved for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, and an “issue occasionally causing UI to display in landscape layout while device is held in portrait mode” is gone too.

The new build is labeled TQ1A.230105.001.B1 for the Pixel 4a in Canada, TQ1A.230105.001.A3 for the Pixel 7 on Telstra in Australia, and TQ1A.230105.002.A1 for the Pixel 7 Pro on Telstra in Australia. Globally, the Pixel 4a, 4a 5G, 5, and 5a 5G are getting TQ1A.230105.001, the Pixel 6, 6 Pro, and 7 Pro have TQ1A.230105.002, and the Pixel 6a

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Google Pixel’s Magic Eraser is last but not least coming to iPhones (and other Android phones)

Magic Eraser demoed on the Google Pixel 7 Pro

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Even if you put in just an hour seeing Television set this previous calendar year, you’ve most likely found an advertisement for the Google Pixel. Evidently, the company’s advertising and marketing spending plan is better than ever it even poured who understands how quite a few hundreds of thousands for a Super Bowl spot before this thirty day period.

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At the centre of all the advertisements is 1 declare-to-fame function: Magic Eraser, a one-faucet editing device uncovered in the Google Photographs app that lets you magically take out unwanted topics from any image. That includes photobombers in your otherwise completely-framed loved ones getaway photograph and passersby in your grand seize of the Grand Canyon. There is a level of gratification that arrives with this kind of power, and Google knows it.

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Considering that its release, Magic Eraser has been unique to the Google Pixel 6 and Pixel 7 collection, but Google nowadays is rolling out an update that presents the Pixel 5a and before products, other Android products, and iPhones the capability to use the photo-modifying characteristic, way too.

A before and after comparison of Magic Eraser, with two people being removed from a landscape photo of the beach.

The prior to (left) and just after (appropriate) using Magic Eraser. 

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Take note that even though Magic Eraser arrives free for all Pixel users, you do need a subscription to Google A single — the firm’s personal cloud storage support — to experience the profit on non-Pixel telephones like the Iphone.

The rates for a Google A single membership start off at 100GB for $2 a thirty day period and go up to 2TB of storage for $9.99 a thirty day period. You may help save 16% if you commit to an once-a-year

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