The Android 14 stable update is finally rolling out for Pixel phones. And with the new big Android 14 update, Google also pushes the new Pixel feature drop update. The quarterly Pixel feature drop comes with a number of useful features as you’d expect from a big update.
If we check the previous quarterly updates, this Pixel Drop update was expected to be released late last month. But Google already had plans to release it with Android 14. Google has already started QPR beta testing for the next feature drop for Pixel. So yes, there is a feature drop pending for this year which is expected to be released at the end of this year.
The October 2023 Pixel Feature Drop update is rolling out to Pixel phones that are also eligible for Android 14. Here is the list of Pixel phones getting new Pixel Feature drop.
- Pixel 4a (5G)
- Pixel 5
- Pixel 5a (5G)
- Pixel 6/6 Pro/6a
- Pixel 7/7 Pro/7a
- Pixel Fold
Now let’s talk about new features of Pixel Feature Drop October 2023.
Personalize your lock screen: Google makes it easy to customize lock screen with the new screen picker which includes the combination of different clock faces and widgets for the lock screen.
New Pixel Camera UI: As reported last month, the Google Camera gets some UI changes. The new interface makes it easy to navigate and control the camera features. There’s a toggle that let you jump between photo and video mode.
Monochrome Themes: The new Monochrome theme let you enjoy single color wallpaper and other elements. So if you want the simple minimalist design, you can try the Monochrome themes.
Pixel Fold Translate Improvements: On Pixel Fold, users can easily see the live translation with the help of dual display. For example you can see the translation from a different language to English in the inner display while at the same time the other person can see the live translate in the other language from English.
Find Incompatible charging cable: Your Pixel phone can detect and notify in case the cable is charging your device slowly so that you can take correct measures to fix the issue or replace the cable if required.
Kid friendly navigation on Pixel Tablet: The new streamlined navigation bar makes it easy for Kids to explore, switch apps, and return to the home screen on Pixel Tablet.
Stream apps from Chromebook: You can now use your Pixel apps directly from your Chromebook. You can send and respond to messages, check on your food delivery, and more.
The third Pixel Feature Drop update of the year is rolling out to eligible Pixel phones and will roll out to all users in coming weeks depending on carrier and device. If you have an eligible phone you can check for the update in Settings > System > System Update.