Call Screening rolling out for some Google Pixel 2 users

Call Screening rolling out for some Google Pixel 2 users

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You may think of AI as yet another buzzword of 2018, but it can really come in handy sometimes. One of these occasions is Call Screening – a feature built into the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL that helps users avoid spam and answer calls with Google Assistant. Since its initial release on October 9th, Call Screening has been an exclusive for Pixel 3 devices in the US. We have previously explained how to enable it on the older generations of Pixel devices. Now, Google is officially releasing the feature for Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices.

A Reddit user noticed Call Screening on his Pixel 2 just today. He mentioned in the comments that he lives in the US. The feature just appeared out of the blue on his device. They are using the beta version of Google Phone with version number 26.0.221539659 (which includes the new dark theme). You can sign up for Google Phone beta on the Play Store page, but keep in mind that just updating the application (via Play Store or manually via APK) most likely won’t enable Call Screening. This is a server-side change and it may take a little bit of time.

As you already know, Google is a big fan of staged rollouts. From the looks of it, only a small amount of users received Call Screening on their Pixel 2/XL devices today. Also, keep in mind that the feature is US-exclusive at this time, so you won’t see it if you’re outside the states. If you have a first-generation Google Pixel or Pixel XL, you can still use our instructions to enable Call Screening. We’re not sure if Google will release the feature officially for OG Pixels too.


via: Redditor /u/timeinreddit