Call Screening is rolling out for some first-generation Google Pixel users
How far will artificial narrow intelligence go? If you ask Google, it can go as far as making and answering phone calls for us as shown by Google Duplex. If you’ve seen the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL announcement event on October 9th, you may have also heard about Call Screening: A feature which helps users to screen phone calls from suspected scammers without answering them directly. After giving permission to the Google Assistant, the feature answers a phone call for you and asks a series of questions and relays their answers to you so you can decide whether you want to answer the call or not. Initially, the feature was only available on the third generation of Pixel devices, but now it’s available for all of them.
Call Screening became available for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices about a month ago. Now, users of /r/GooglePixel confirm that the feature is also rolling out for the first-generation Pixel and Pixel XL. You can activate it by opening the Google Phone app and then going into Settings > Call Screen. Here, you can also select between male and female voices and see a demo. One thing to consider is that the feature is currently available only in the United States. There’s no public information about its availability in other countries just yet.
If you’re an owner of the Pixel or Pixel XL and don’t see the feature, you can try updating the Google Phone application from the Google Play Store below. You can also follow our instructions for manually enabling Call Screening on the first and second generation Pixel devices, if you have root access via Magisk. Following those instructions may also allow you to enable the feature outside of the United States.