If you don’t know what feature drops are, they’re one of the main reasons to buy a Pixel phone. Every three months, Google delivers several new features to its Pixel phones. These are all fun and useful features that add to the experience overall. The last feature drop happened just last month, and it brought features like a new battery widget, the ability to convert text into stickers using Gboard, and the ability to transcribe speech into more languages.
When a new quarterly feature update for Android is released, we usually learn about it from news articles and social media posts. Google now wants to improve the process. Google Play Services will give you a tour of the new features via the Play Store when a new feature is released for Android.
The first card will read “Google just added new features to your phone”. After that, each card that you swipe through will show you a new feature. They all have the classic Google art style with minimalist designs and toned-down colors. After you read through all of the features, you’ll then be able to proceed to the Play Store.
Now, Google Play Services will give you a tour of the new features landing in the feature drops. If you want to know just what features are being dropped onto your phone, Google will give you a better look at them via its Play Services. This news comes from a tweet from Esper’s Michaal Rahman, and it shows some screenshots of how this will look. When you open the Google Play Store right after an update, you’ll see a splash page pop up. This will show you all of the new features added via the drop.
Right now, we don’t know if you’ll be able to access this from another place in the Play Store at a later time. Hopefully, you’ll be able to. If you need to refresh your memory on the new features, you’ll be able to. There’s no telling just when this feature will come out, but most likely before the next feature drop.