- Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL owners were the first ones to get the Call Screen feature
- Google rolled out the feature on to Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones last month
- Call Screen allows Google Assistant to take over and screen an incoming call
When Google announced its flagship smartphones- Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL- back in October this year, the company said that the two smartphones would be able to screen calls and provide real-time transcripts of the conversations to the phone owner. At the time, the company had announced that the feature, in time, would be available in its older devices as well. The company is delivering good on its promise now as it is rolling out the feature on to its Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones.
To give you a quick recap of the workings of the feature, Call Screen essentially allows Google Assistant to screen all incoming calls for you. When you receive a call, just type on the "Screen Call" button on the screen. Doing so would enable Google Assistant to take over the call and tell the person calling that their call is being screened and that they need to give more information about the nature and purpose of the call, which is actively relayed to you, before you pick up.
Users can also get the transcripts of the screened conversations. The best part about the feature is that the screened calls do not get saved on to Google's servers. This feature is particularly beneficial for the users who are being haunted by the pesky telemarketers frequently.
Notably, Google had started rolling out the Call Screen feature on to its old phones- Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL- last month. And now, nearly a month later, the feature has arrived on the phones of the some of the earliest Pixel users. The feature was first reported by Reddit user, many of whom said that they are yet to receive the update.
If you own a first generation Google Pixel or Pixel XL smartphone and you want check if you have received the update, just follow these steps: Open the Google Phone app > Go to the Settings menu > look for Call Screen option. But before you go on looking for the feature, make sure that your Google Phone app is fully updated!