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Google brings Pixel 5 features to older Pixel phones

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If you plan to use Duo to chat with family members over the holiday season, be aware that screen sharing is now available for group calls over WiFi or 5G. The December update also gives Pixel devices the ability to automatically detect if you’re visiting a website in a different language and translate it using Google Lens. You’ll also have a choice of new icons, grid views, and app shapes for customization. And if you’ve turned on Now Playing so that your phone can recognize the songs you hear while on the go or on the go, you will now be able to export those songs to a playlist in YouTube Music.

Finally, in case you have a Pixel 5 or a Pixel 4a 5G, you get a handful of improvements and features exclusively for these models. Google has made the GPS for these devices more accurate when you are on foot, although it is not yet available for all countries. You also get new pop-up battery features. Adaptive Battery can save more power if you might miss your usual charging schedule, while Adaptive Charging can help preserve battery health by controlling how fast your phone charges. There is also adaptive connectivity which can switch between 5G and 4G automatically, depending on which app you are on. It can move you to a 5G connection for movies and downloads, for example, and then switch you to 4G for activities that don’t require that kind of internet speed.

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