The biggest feature coming with feature drops in December 2022 is unlocking Google’s VPN (Virtual Private Network) service for Pixel 7 smartphones. For those unaware, Google’s VPN service is part of a paid Google One subscription and is available for users who choose a 2TB plan or higher. However, Pixel 7 users can enjoy this feature without having to pay a dime. However, note that Google’s VPN service is only available in a few countries. In addition to the VPN service, Google has also simplified the Security & Privacy settings option within the Android menu system with an all-new business card system that notifies users of potential security risks that need to be fixed quickly.
For users hoping to experience better call quality on their Pixel smartphones, the December feature drop does just that, thanks to the addition of a new feature called Clear Calling. This feature is enabled by Google’s Tensor G2 chip, and claims to enhance the caller’s voice while also reducing background noise. As you might have guessed, this feature will be limited to the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro devices. Other feature additions with this update include an improved recorder app that can not only record a conversation – but can identify and name each speaker, insert line breaks with speaker change, updates to the Live Translate feature, and an improved search experience.
In the blog post announcing these features, Google confirmed that they are coming from another feature drop in January when users can expect to add the long-awaited spatial audio feature on their Pixel devices.