Google just yesterday kicked off its latest “Feature Drops” for the Pixel series and included a new way of fighting spam calls in that first batch. Obviously, it won’t remain Pixel4-exclusive for a long time, because Google expects to add Automatic Call screen in the not-too-distant future to all Pixels.
Google introduced Automatic Call Screen as a Pixel 4-first feature in yesterday’s announcement, leaving older generations without the feature. We expected Google to eventually roll the feature out to older devices, of course, just as it did with Call Screen itself shortly after the release of the Pixel 3.
Google confirmed that older Pixel smartphones will soon receive an Automatic Call Screen when it comes to Business Insider. The company specifically states “over the coming weeks.”
The Automatic Call Screen was designed to help you stop spam calls absolutely if you missed the news. The feature will use Google Assistant to respond to spam or unknown calls to either dismiss the call or collect information so that once you know who’s on the other end, you can pick up the call. It should be a handy feature for those who are constantly flooded with unwanted calls.
As Android Police quickly noticed, Google’s support pages all refer to the feature only on Pixel 4, so it might be that this “coming weeks” timeline is somewhat exaggerated or that Google only wants to update the pages when the rollout begins. That way, if it turns out to be something lost in translation, take this with a pinch of salt. The feature will probably still be US-only, of course.