Google Pixel 4 Update Brings 1 Super-Cool Feature The iPhone Can’t Match

This week was time for the third of these drops and it has a lot in it, including an improvement to Google’s stunning Recorder app – for me, this is the standout in the new update. I’ll run through the other updates below, but Recorder first.

Google Pixel Update Brings 1 Super-Cool Feature The iPhone Can’t Match


If you’ve ever had to record people talking, because you’re taking the minutes of a meeting, say, or you’re a journalist doing an interview, you’ll know that the most dreary activity comes when you have to transcribe what was said. It is a tedious and time-consuming task.

The Recorder app in action on Google Pixel 4 XL

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The situation has been transformed in recent years with transcription services like Trint, which is great, and Otter, which is even better. Though both need a bit of tidying up afterwards before they’re usable, they are incredibly welcome additions.

With both, though, you have to upload your audio file to the relevant website and wait for the transcribed document to return. It doesn’t take long (I find it’s rarely much longer than the interview itself took) but it’s still a wait.

With the launch of the Pixel 4 came the Recorder app (it’s now available on other Pixel phones, too, though not quite all of them). It was a game-changer.

When you start recording, you see a graphic indicating that audio is recognized. Towards the bottom of the screen is the word transcript. Press that and as if by magic the words start spelling out on the screen as you speak. You don’t even need to speak punctuation marks like a period as it recognizes from the pauses that a sentence has ended.

The cool transcription function on the Google Pixel 4XL

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It can be quite uncanny how accurate it is, though there’s still a small amount of editing to be done at the end. The audio is recorded and transcribed offline, so not only is it secure and private, the transcription is ready the instant you finish recording – there’s no wait. You can then share the audio, text or both to others.


The app lets you search for words, suggests message titles and so on.

So, what’s new? Now, there’s integration with Google Assistant. You can launch the app, request individual recordings and more, all with your voice.

Additionally, you can save your transcriptions straight into Google Docs which takes another pain point (sharing, copying, pasting) out of the equation and will make things even simpler.

It was sensational, but now it’s even better.

Other features in the drop include an enhancement to the Adaptive Battery feature released in 2018. It predicts what apps you will want to use next and which you won’t. It then reduces the power it allows to go to the ones you won’t need so you have more juice for the ones you’ll likely want.

Now, it can predict more precisely when your battery will run out and reduce background activity accordingly as well as opt for a lower power mode.

The Pixel Clock app now has a Bedtime tab

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The Clock now gets a Bedtime tab: the iPhone already has this and it’s designed to help you get to bed at a consistent time as studies have shown this significantly helps sleep. It’ll even play calming sounds to help you to sleep.

Lastly, there’s Personal Safety. This already offers car crash detection on the Pixel 4 series and it’s now coming to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL. The app also expands its features with Safety Check: you can schedule a check-in from the app and if you don’t respond then the app can alert your emergency contacts, even sharing your location in real time through Google Maps. It also allows you to turn on crisis alerts to get notifications of public emergencies.
Google Pixel 4 Update Brings 1 Super-Cool Feature The iPhone Can’t Match Google Pixel 4 Update Brings 1 Super-Cool Feature The iPhone Can’t Match Reviewed by Debyendu Bhunia on June 04, 2020 Rating: 5

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