Google brings circle search and other functions to the Pixel 7 series

Following the recent integration of the circle search function into the Pixel 8 series, Google has announced the extension of this feature to the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro models, concurrently enhancing the Pixel Watch with additional applications.

Google has expanded the circle search functionality to the Pixel 7 series, augmenting the Pixel Watch with improved navigation tools for public transportation, and elevating the user experience with more intuitive and sophisticated features.

The introduction of the circle search function for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro allows users to initiate searches by long-pressing the home button or navigation bar, enabling them to circle, doodle, or tap specific areas on the screen for searching. This feature, essentially an advanced version of Google Lens, empowers users to intuitively search for items difficult to describe with words through image-based queries.

The update includes compatibility with 10-bit HDR video on Instagram, enhances in-app sharing capabilities, and introduces a streamlined interface for quick pairing, facilitating effortless connection of previously paired Bluetooth devices on new phones (requires Google account login).

For the inaugural Pixel Watch, the update incorporates a training function that allows users to set personal pace goals during workouts and monitors different heart rate zones based on resting heart rates and health indices, thereby enhancing the effectiveness of heart rate zone training. It also introduces an interface for automatic start and stop of workouts, making it more convenient for users to manage their training data.

Additionally, the update includes a deep breathing mindfulness practice available through the Fitbit App, and the ability to display, query, and plan public transportation routes directly from the watch face.

In the United States, the update further refines the Call Screen feature on Pixel phones, simplifying communication with businesses by alerting users via Google Assistant when their call is answered, eliminating the need to continuously hold the phone.

The other updates aim to improve the usability of Google Docs with fingers or styluses on Pixel phones and to enhance the intuitiveness of the Pixel phone settings and operations.