- Both devices run Android 12
- The Camera app and Assistant are getting smarter
The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are launching with Android 12 preinstalled, making them the first devices to use the official build of Android 12. Until now, Android's next mobile operating system was only available for older Pixel phones through the Android Beta program or through beta programs from Android hardware partners.
Android 12 has a drastically new design and look thanks to what Google is calling the Material You design. Material You uses your phone's wallpaper to determine the highlight colors for the rest of the operating system, and can even create app icons or alter widgets to match your wallpaper.
There are also new privacy features in Android 12, including the ability to see when an app is accessing your phone's camera or microphone (and block them from doing so) as well as a privacy dashboard that details when and how often apps are accessing your personal information.
The Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro are both getting several new camera features. The Magic Eraser tool can remove unwanted items (or people and animals) that distract from your original photo subject. There is also a new Motion Mode in the camera app that makes it possible to take long exposure shots or add a blurry background to objects that are moving.
As far as Google Assistant is concerned, the Pixel 6 lineup are receiving some handy new features. The speed of Assistant voice typing has been improved, and there's a new feature that helps you decide when to call a toll- free number by showing the wait times, broken down hour by hour, for the respective business you're attempting to call.