Pixel 3 runs Android, so you may think that since you used an Android device before, you should know your way around the new phone by default. However, Google has actually added several major Pixel-exclusive program features to its flagship, and not everyone is easy to detect.
Many of these features are enabled by default, so the main purpose of this guide is to give you a breakthrough of how they all work. However, if you reset your settings from an earlier Android phone when you set up your Pixel, some of these will not be activated, so I'll be sure to show how they're set up right now.
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There is a new Android feature called Appendices that lets you jump directly to certain actions within your apps. Just press the app's icon on the home screen for a long time and you will see a list of shortcuts – tap one, and you'll go directly to that part of the app. For example, tap link on the Phone app and you will quickly call to call your most commonly called contacts. Long press the Maps app and you will have keyboard shortcuts for navigation.
If you already knew about this, good for you! But did you know that you can turn any of these shortcuts into a home page icon? To do so, just press an icon and then press any of the shortcuts shown in the popup window for a long time. From there, drag the shortcut to an empty location on the home screen and you have an easy way to execute that action at any time.
Android Pie has new gestures, and the most central is an upward string that opens your overview screen called Recent Apps). From there, if you sweep up again, open your appbox – especially useful for launching apps while you're in another app.
But even better, you can skip the overview screen and go straight to the app box in a gesture. Just pull up from the bottom of the screen to about halfway (somewhere around 40% mark makes the trick). This "long sweep" opens your applet in a shot, even if you used an app and were not on your home screen.
Given The gestures can be under the impression that you have to start your swipes from a certain spot on the screen – probably the little "pills" icon that replaced the old home button. But in reality, you're free to be much more sloppy with your gestures – they work if you start swinging somewhere at the bottom of the screen. The same applies to the flick-left-to-switch apps gesture!
4: The Quick Space To Move The Cursor  Pixel 3 uses Gboard as the default keyboard, which means you get a variety of cool features. One of the most useful extras is something that is not very detectable: just drag left or right on the spacebar to move the cursor in a text field.
5: Answer Calls Easily
When you receive a call and your phone is locked you will see a screen with names or number, a pair of options, and a green phone icon in a circle. The phone icon bounces a bit and there is a message saying "Swipe up to answer" so you would think you have to drag the small icon upwards to retrieve the call – you do not.
Instead, just wipe up somewhere on the call screen to answer the call.
] In my personal opinion, the absolute coolest Pixel 3 feature is "Screen Call." When you receive a call from an unknown number, just press the "Call Dial" – it appears on the main screen and on the popup message that appears when you call when the phone is unlocked.
Do this trigger your Google Assistant to handle the conversation for you. This allows the caller to know that you are "using a Google call service" and ask them to say why they are calling. When they do, you get a real-time transcript of what they say, and you'll see several conserved answers to choose from. Point to one of these conserved answers and the assistant asks the caller for more info. If you want to download, just press the green call icon at the bottom – or if it's a spammer, just press the red hang-up button instead.
If you are in a meeting and realize that you forgot to silence the phone, just press the volume up and power buttons simultaneously (much like taking a screenshot, but with volume up instead of down). This will immediately put the phone silent with vibration enabled for messages. You can change this by pressing one of the volume buttons and then pressing the switch at the top of the volume menu that appears on your screen.
Just as # 7 above, it's even easier way to silence the phone. Go to Settings and select "Digital Wellbeing," then scroll down and tap "Flip to Shhh" and enable the feature on the following screen. From now on when you put the phone on your face, it will automatically enter DND.
In Pixel 3's Camera App, Right Up To The Standard Camera there is a Portrait mode. If you choose this, your phone uses its dual pixel camera to create a deep map of the scene you shoot, then use it to apply a blur effect to the background of the photo. It's good to take pictures of people because it focuses on the subject and gives the background a professional bokeh effect.
When viewing a portrait mode image in Google Photos, you can reduce the Bokeh effect by selecting the thumbnail at the bottom left of the image. It's quite discoverable, but there's another cool feature hidden away. Simply click on the settings icon at the bottom left to edit the portrait image and then select the "Color Pop" filter. This will use deep data to make the background of your photo black and white and make the topic right up.
One of the most important commercials for Pixel 3 announces a feature called " Top Shot "that lets you, as the ad says," Try Again "when your photos are a split-second off. Perfect for those occasions when someone is blinking or driving a car in front of your nice sunset game – but the problem is that it is quite difficult to find this feature.
To try Top Shot, open one of your photos in Google Photos and make sure it's a motion photo (more about later) by looking for the "Motion On" or "Motion Off" indicator at the top of the screen . Then swipe up on the image while watching it (as if browsing a webpage). This will reveal EXIF data, followed by a pile that says "Shot in this photo". Touch "View All" and you can use the box at the bottom of the next screen to choose a better shot – all of Google's HDR + effects are applied so you do not lose any image quality.
This is, of course, only valid if the camera program is caught moving with the photo. By default, the camera is set to "Motion Auto", which makes a decent job of capturing these types of images when there is something moving in the frame. But if you want to make sure that all of your photos have this "Top Shot" feature, I recommend you tap the circle with an "A" on top of your camera folder, then choose 15 Tips and Tricks for New Pixels 3 Users ” width=”532″ height=”532″ style=”max-width:532px;height:auto;”/>