Google Pixel March 2020 Update is Out! – What’s New?


hi everyone Aaron here for ZolloTech and
today the Android March 2020 update came out along with a feature drop for the Google
pixel devices now this is out – all supported Google pixel devices starting
with the Google pixel – 2 XL and going all the way to the 4 and 4 XL it’s also
available usually for the essential phones the same day and then Samsung and
other manufacturers will roll it out to their own devices soon now there’s a
feature drop that goes along with this so I’m going to go over all the new
features and then go over all the updates along with the security
bulletins and things like that now I had to sideload this so this was
about 1 and a half to 2 gigabytes because it wasn’t showing up but you’ll
see it says up-to-date version 10 March 5th 2020 so this is completely up to
date even though it’s not March 5th yet and that’s how they do it and here is
the build number you’ll see on my pixel 4 XL it’s QQ – a dot two zero zero three
zero five dot zero zero three and in this particular update is a huge amount
of security updates fixes improvements all sorts of things so let’s start with
the first one and the first one has to do with something they actually showed
in the Android 11 preview and that is if you’re playing something playing a song
here so let me start this song if I’m playing this song there’s now a new
gesture on the pixel 4 and for Excel to pause the song now it doesn’t seem to
work completely for me it worked on Android 11 but it’s not working here and
you do have to turn it on in gestures so you’ll see as I bring my hand close it’s
not turning the song off but if I go into the features and gestures here
you’ll see that I have gestures available to pause music and so if I go
into this it’s turned on and you just bring your hand close by tapping to
resume it or pause it and again like I said it’s not really working properly
but it is something that’s there so I’m not sure why that’s not working but it’s
not at this time now the next thing they’ve updated is car crash detection
it rolls out for the pixel for in Australia in the UK it’s also in the
United States so if you go into the personal safety app here you’ll see that
you can turn on car crash detection so it will turn it on you can say try a
demo and then says see and hear what happens when your
phone detects a car crash make sure your volume is up so you’ll see we’ll turn it
up a little bit we’ll hit start and it says detected and then you can hit I’m
okay or 911 Oh crash minor crash so it’s kind of neat it’s a nice safety feature
and if you want to use it it’s there so that’s nice that they’ve added it now if
you use google duo there’s some new effects that they’ve added for AR or
augmented reality so let’s go into duo and if we go into duo here you’ll see
will go here and now we have some effects and I can have a little cat
sitting on my head we’ve got scooby-doo you’ve got a little phone here so
there’s some new effects here as well all sorts of things that you can add and
it tracks your face really well they’re kind of goofy but they work pretty well
and they’re there if you want to use them so those have been added now
they’ve also updated the forward-facing camera on the pixel 4 & 4 XL and what
they’ve done is added depth to it so apparently it has better depth if I take
a selfie here you’ll see it takes a second to process and now there’s some
depth in the background so they’ve improved this made it a lot better and
it should be working even better than it was before now if you’re on a pixel 2 in
to excel there’s good news you get live captions so if you’re using video and
watching video you can enable live captioning so that’s a new feature and
then they’ve added new emoji from the Unicode 12.1 release so that means if we
go into messages you’ll see I have a few here but you have a pilot a fireman an
astronaut and then you have all sorts of different genders and things there’s a
hundred and sixty nine new emoji so they’ve added that they’ve added jobs
and all sorts of things so those are added I’ll link Unicode in the
description if you want to check them all out but there are a ton of new emoji
that’s brought them up to speed there will be more new emoji the second half
of the year but this brings them up to the first half to match up with Unicode
12.1 now if you’re using google pay and the wallet you can enable a quick press
of the home button to bring up your cards so if you press and hold you’ll
have access to your cards your credit cards and any other card you add so
maybe you want to add cards such as Starbucks or maybe you
want to even add a pass for say a flight that you’re taking you can actually take
a picture of it and add it to the wallet now as well so you have all of these
different options and you just press and hold the power button you do have to
enable that as well though now a lot of people love dark modes so if we go into
our settings go to display in styles and go to dark theme we’ll tap on that and
we can turn it on until sunrise now or turn it off until sunset
we have scheduling options now and this was something we saw with the Android 11
preview preview as well but they’ve brought it here to Android 10 with the
latest pixel update and then there’s also new automation rules for Wi-Fi
networks and this allows you to basically set a rule so we’ll go back
here we’ll go to rules and what we can do is add a rule and then we can
automatically have it change to say Do Not Disturb or set the phone to silent
based off the Wi-Fi network that you’re connecting to so that’s a feature
they’ve added so you can just add a network say set to set the vibrate set
to ring or whatever based off not only location but based off your Wi-Fi
network now there’s a feature that hasn’t fully rolled out yet for the
pixel feature drum and that is a not only a long press for an icon but a firm
press so if you firm press sort of like 3d touch on iOS you’ve got new tasks but
if I firm press it really doesn’t do anything different you can long press
and get the same results so there’s supposedly something else coming out
that’s going to be a firm press and finally for the feature drop the pixel
for and for excel screens that are set to use adaptive brightness and I’m
currently on manual because I don’t want it to go brighter when I’m under these
bright lights for this video but under manual if you have this on automatic
instead what it will do is actually go super-bright now if you’re outside in
direct sunlight so it should make the screen even easier to see so that’ll be
really nice for some of those that were experiencing kind of a dim screen on the
floor and for excel now that’s it for the feature drop but there are a ton of
fixes and improvements as well so let’s go over those now as far as the fixes
and improvements I’ll mention all of them but
if they’re specific to a device I’ll say the device specifically otherwise it
pertains to all the devices that are supported by this update so the first
one is in apps there’s a fix for certain app overlay elements stuck on the home
screen so if you had overlays not showing properly that should be fixed
now in audio you can now disable now playing for music when you’re playing it
on a cast device so maybe you’re playing music on a device you’re casting to it
will now have the ability to disable now playing if you want to do that
they’ve also fixed static noise during audio capture so maybe you’re using your
phone to record audio in a classroom if there was static that should now be
fixed and specific to the pixel for not the for Excel there’s improvements to
the bottom speaker driver so if you have a four in the bottom speaker wasn’t
working well it should be better now for all devices again there’s improvements
for Bluetooth connectivity with specific or certain fitness tracking devices so
if you’re having issues maybe with a Fitbit or something like that it should
be better there’s also quite a few improvements to cameras on not just the
pixel form for Excel but other devices as well
the first one is improvements to autofocus in the camera so if you’re
using the camera on your phone on any pixel device the autofocus should be
improved if that supports this update then on the pixel 4 and for excel
there’s a fix for the camera crashing that when switching to video mode so if
you’re switching from say camera to video it should fix that there’s also a
fix for cameras auto white balance in certain scenarios so that’s specific to
the pixel 4 and 4x elegant and if it wasn’t auto white balancing properly it
should be improved now when it comes to connectivity using USB specifically on
the pixel 4 and for excel it fixes an issue with unrecognized UX USB
accessories so those should be fixed and then they’ve improved face unlock on the
pixel 4 and 4 XL as well and it’s only issues where it gets stuck so the first
one is they fixed an issue or get stuck on the lockscreen after the device is
unlocked with a face so maybe unlocks and it’s stuck on the lockscreen now
we’ll go to the home screen properly and they they’ve also fixed an issue for
incorrect text translation in settings so maybe you have face unlock settings
turn on the might not have shown the proper
translation in those settings that should be improved as well now as far as
motion sense on the pixel foreign for excel they’ve improved visual feedback
for motion sense gestures so again if I go in I’ll just play this here and with
this song playing if I move my hand it should go to the next song now my motion
gestures are not working the alarm worked fine this morning when I swipe my
hand in front of it but for some reason the most motion that gestures are not
working properly on this device hopefully they fix that as well or
improves in the future now there are a lot of fixes to the system that you
can’t see behind the scenes to kernel updates and things like that but I’ll
talk more about that with the security updates but there’s actual fixes to the
system kernel as well so there’s three fixes for that they’re basically
specific for each pixel device so there’s fixes for the two and two XL
three a three a Exile three XL three four for itself
now there’s also improvements to the overall system user interface so
switching with gesture navigation so the animation switching between things
they’ve actually improved the animation and then they’ve also clarified the
dark-themed helper text in settings so they’ve changed it in settings where we
go to display and again to the dark theme there’s different text here so
it’s just a little bit more clear so all these little tweaks they’re really
fixing a lot of things now they’ve also fixed with telephony unda scible
location access notifications after an emergency call so specifically you’d
have to place an emergency call with your dialer and it’s fixed issues with
that they’ve also fixed a few video issues for all of the devices this one
in particular though is for the pixel three XL 3 3 a 3 a XL when you’re doing
video playback in certain apps when using picture and picture mode so not on
this device but if you have a pixel 3 3 a those devices it should be fixed in
they’ve also improved 4k video playback on all of the devices they’ve also fixed
corrupted video playback in certain apps after locking the screen and then
they’ve also fixed Wi-Fi so lost Wi-Fi network configurations I actually had
that happen on my pixel 4x oh I think in the last version
the Wi-Fi connection just disappeared and now it’s fixed and those are all of
the different fixes and improvements with this update so lots of different
things and then finally there are a ton of security patches as well and I’ll
just run down through these pretty quickly now as far as the framework
there are four different security patches there’s seven patches to the
media framework 24 to system one to the Google Play system updates 28 kernel
components have been it’s patched security-wise
FPC components there’s six of those there’s one mediatek component 12
qualcomm components and then 42 Qualcomm closed source security components all of
those patches are in the updates on this current March 20 2016 5 seen since maybe
Android 10 was released so lots of things in there now battery overall
there’s no mention of changes to that and this device usually does pretty well
I can get through a day on battery and you’ll see my battery here let me get
into the usage there my battery here I haven’t used it a ton today I’ve been
busy recording other videos and then speed and performance I’ve never had an
issue on the pixel 4 or 4 XL I find I only have to reboot it rarely and in
fact this has not been rebooted since I did the Android 11 update and then
flashed it back to the pixel security updates so that was last week or so when
I did that so it’s been on I haven’t rebooted it and it’s been doing really
well so in general it’s working well I’m looking forward to more updates like
this and all of those features are great to see added to the pixel lineup so let
me know if you had that already added I actually had to sideload the update like
I said but if you have the pixel feature drop let me know all of those things
should be there except maybe a couple that the firm press for example there’s
just nothing really there other than that it should be updated now if you
found anything else new let me know in the comments below and if you’d like to
get your hands on this wallpaper of course I’ll link it in the description
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is Aaron I’ll see you next time

100 comments

Thanks Aaron for this good and detailed video! Very useful information! You're very good on both Android and iOS👍👌

Now with the new dark theme scheduling on my Pixel 4xl the Phone app and the Messaging app don't turn dark automatically, you have to do them manually, which is very annoying compared to how it was before this update.

@zollotech not sure if you are aware, Essential is closed for business.. So PH1 wont recieve any official updates going further

Anyone else having consistent issues with the assistant picking up your voice while using data (not wifi) on the 3a? Squeezing or tapping the assistant brings it up but I have to redo it 3-4 times before it listens, whereas saying "okay Google" then speaking works fine. Have had two 3as on t mobile and Sprint and the problem is consistent.

Essential is nolonger supporting the monthly security updates as the company was closed last month.

Hi, I have the Pixel 2 XL and I'm still having issues with the wifi signal dropping out after the new update.

Pixel2 user here. So far ignoring every updates of Android 10. I have the last and latest update on Android 9. So far no issues. Can't deal with battery draining or performance etc issues after update.

On motion sense, you need to have your hand at a slant, ie, don't present the flat Palm of the hand towards the phone for side to side gestures. It's most likely rejecting it is an unintentional reach across. Plus now that's closer to a play/pause gesture. I believe the sensor waveform detects the slanted hand as a ramping signal followed by an instant drop off.

I reckon Google has updated the animations and general speed of the phone also pixel 4 feels that bit faster but did not put it in they notes, cant wait to see what's in the next feature drop !

Lol, I almost went to one of the earlier showings for that circa survive tour. Just updated my 3a, we'll c how it goes.

Overall not happy with my pixel 3. Could not care about security updates and all the bells and whistles… How about improving brightness of display. It's visible only at 70%. Battery is poor. Getting worse with stupid updates. Not getting a pixel again. The best thing is it's camera. The best.

Pro tip. To do play/pause gesture don't "press" your hand over the whole screen only do it to the bottom half. It works perfect for me.

It's a shame that I don't see many Pixel phones in the US. Google needs to do a better job of marketing. It is such a great device. And I'm coming from an iPhone.

Another reason the 4 is my last pixel. The irrational removal of the fingerprint reader was the straw that broke the camel's back, but this thing was so overpriced relative market, all for what? Early access to gestures that don't work, gendered Emojis and the possibility that my camera isn't working again?

Wish they would give call recorder feature as third party call recording app doesn't work on pixel and camera shutter sound off option which I feel necessary for the user to capture the evidence in case of threats

Sorry, but the way you use motion sense is really awful. Did u already know that you probably do the gestures far too close to the phone? I mean how should motion sense recognize it as a gesture when u literally cover the whole field of "view". Terrible seeing it

Nokia phones will get this 2020 march update with this features ??

Please sir answered me

I am using Nokia 6.1 plus / X6

The pause gesture feature works but only with an aggressive motion, if you gently approach the phone with the ✋ it doesn't work.

I don't understand why y'all having a hard time with the gestures. They are working perfectly fine for me. Sometimes can be over sensitive. But from what I saw you wasn't swiping right. You start from one end of the phone to the other end. Not diagonal like how you were doing. You gotta practice more to get it better.

Anyone's pixel having issues with the camera app, my Google pixel XL's camera app just keep crashing and nothing I have done is able to fix it. Many others have this problem. 🙁

Couple notes on this video:
1. The play/pause gesture works best with a quick "air tap" with your pointer finger.
2. The AR mode in Duo is NOT the effects section when sending a video to a friend. That has been in the app for a while. The new AR mode is within the three-dot menu when you are in a video call. You can turn your head into a fish, dinosaur, slower, etc.

My pixel 2 xl camera is not working even after march update and it's not working since January, please let me kno if someone have solution for it

Can someone help me? My Pixel 3 XL doesn’t make calls. I can use data and SMSs, the SIM works fine, the only issue is making calls. Anyone with the same issue?

i don't think pixel 2 or 2 XL are getting the google pay update. i didn't get it. Can be a region thing as well.(India)

What's new? I hope the fucking phone works!! Mine has issues making outgoing phone calls, answer incoming phone calls and hanging up/ending phone calls.

One small detail: when you are on the Google Feed on the left of your homescreen when you swipe up to get to home it is no more chopped, but a very nice, swift animation. It drove me crazy before.

Disappointed that one of the new rules isn't keep phone unlocked. The smart unlock rarely works when I'm at home, having it linked to my home WiFi would have been good.

Can't believe it's taken Google this long to issue out scheduled dark mode. This should have been on Android 10 from the start–but I'm not complaining that it's here, now!

Thanks for the video, it's good overall but do you even read the patch notes properly? You got multiple things wrong …

how do i turn on the google pay shortcut feature? i have the new update and have already set up some of the rules which is a great feature!

I'm SO happy about the screen brightness being fixed. So frustrating when your outside and the device caps at 400 nits when the display is actually rated for up to 600

I wish I could flip my phone the bird and it would just turn off for five minutes and restart itself. Can we get a gesture for that?

CEOs worldwide should demand that participants in business Duo meetings select a "fun" background. Like they could do a shark filter for lawyers.

Why can't more Android phones be on Android 10 just like how apple does. I just want the latest version.

Watching the video I guess your gestures are performed differently from what is shown in the pixel manual. I have no issue with gestures when my hand is positioned a bit further away and perpendicular, not horizontal to the screen for next/previous song. To pause or resume a song the palm points down and the hand should be a bit further away from the screen when you start moving it down. Works for me every single time

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