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Snap at night, type responses in calls and more from Pixel

Today’s update marks our tenth Pixel Feature Drop ? ?. The latest updates begin rolling out to Pixel 3a through Pixel 5a (5G) devices today, while Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro devices will begin receiving their updates later this month.

Night Sight in Snapchat

For those moments when the lighting isn’t quite right, Night Sight in Pixel Camera helps you capture clear low-light pictures and video. Now we're bringing Night Sight to Snapchat so you can snap vibrant, detailed, low-light videos or photos without flash. Give it a try on your Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro by selecting low light mode in the Snapchat app to make sure you never miss a moment — even in the dark.

Communicating with captions

Animated GIF showing Live Caption being used on a phone call on a Pixel.

For people who can't or prefer not to speak on calls, there's a new way to communicate with Live Caption. Now when you’re on a phone call you can see captions of what the other person says and type back a response that will be read out loud on the other end.

Make messages and video calls more fun

Animated GIF showing how emoji stickers work on Pixel while texting.

A picture is worth a thousand words. When you’re typing in messaging apps, Gboard can convert your words into colorful stickers built with your exact text. With emoji, emoji kitchen and custom sticker suggestions while you type, your Pixel helps you express exactly how you feel. Coming to Pixel users globally typing in English (U.S.) starting today.

It's also getting easier to connect with friends and family on video calls: Host your own YouTube watch parties or share your favorite app with live sharing for Duo, all on your Pixel phone.

More languages. More ways to translate.

Live Translate on Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro makes communicating in different languages easy. And with Interpreter mode, you can now translate your face-to-face conversations with Spanish, Italian and French speakers right on your phone, as all translations stay on device. Give it a try by saying, “Hey Google, be my Spanish interpreter.”

Animated GIF interpreter options.

Plus, Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro can now identify Spanish in videos and other media, and translate it automatically into any of our supported languages: English, French, Italian, German, Japanese (beta) and Spanish.

Useful information at your fingertips

Your home and lock screens are the first things you see on your Pixel, and new and widgets help make sure you get the info you want.

At a Glance on Pixel makes sure you get the most helpful information at just the right time. At a Glance will now surface even more — including the battery levels of your Pixel Buds and other Bluetooth-connected devices, a safety check countdown from the Personal Safety app, reminders to turn off your alarm if the next day is a holiday and earthquake alerts for your area — all right on your lock and home screen.

Animated GIF showing the new widget options.

And the new Pixel battery widget can show up-to-date battery information for your Pixel, as well as Bluetooth[b0081a]-connected devices like Pixel Buds). Add the widget to your home screen to keep an eye on battery life across your devices.

More helpful features for more Pixels

In addition to the features reaching Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, we’re also bringing existing features to more languages and devices.

Get the new Pixel and more, with Pixel Pass

Today, we introduced the new Pixel 6 and Pixel Pro, and we’re also announcing a whole new way to get them. Pixel Pass brings together the latest Pixel phone with Google’s best mobile services, device protection and regular device upgrades — all in one easy subscription.

Pixel Pass is $45 per month for the Pixel 6 and $55 per month for the Pixel 6 Pro. With both Pixel Pass plans, you’ll get the most personal and helpful phone we’ve ever created, combined with the best of Google services to get the most out of your new device. That includes:

  • YouTube Premium for ad-free watching and background play while using other apps
  • YouTube Music Premium for ad-free, uninterrupted listening
  • Google One with 200 GB of safe, reliable cloud storage for full resolution photos and videos, Google Store discounts, automatic phone backup and more
  • Google Play Pass with access to hundreds of games and apps completely free of ads and in-app purchases
  • Preferred Care coverage to cover life’s little accidents with hassle-free device repairs

You can subscribe to Pixel Pass on the Google Store or with a phone plan on Google Fi. When you subscribe to Pixel Pass on the Google Store, you save up to $294 over two years. Plus, your Pixel phone is unlocked, so it works with all major carriers. And if you subscribe through Google Fi with a phone plan, you can save an additional $5 off your monthly Fi plan, totaling up to $414 in savings over two years.

Once you’re subscribed to Pixel Pass, you can manage everything in one place and pay with just one low monthly bill. And if you try it out and it’s just not right for you, you can cancel anytime — just pay off the remaining value of your Pixel phone at regular price.

Pixel Pass with Pixel 6 is available for pre-order today in the U.S. starting at $45 per month on Google Store or Google Fi.