Google is currently rolling out a new feature to its Pixel smartphones. The new feature enable users make use of the Google Assistant to see who is calling and why before they answer a call.
The feature allows users to see a real-time transcript of how the caller responds so that they can then decide whether to pick up, respond by tapping a quick reply (for example, “I’ll call you back later”), or mark the call as spam and dismiss.
The new feature is called “Call Screen”. However, the call screen feature is only available to English speakers in the United States who have Pixel 2, 2 XL, 3, or 3XL devices. According to Google, “if you don’t see Call Screen in the Phone app’s settings, it’s not available yet.”
Google advised users to turnoff any third party app eg call recording and screen recording before using Call Screen as these apps may interfere with how the feature works.
In the other hand, the Call Screen feature helps users to save time spent on picking up unimportant calls from unknown numbers. Awesomely, the feature does not use Wi-Fi or mobile data to work – opposite of truecaller app.
“Sometimes Call Screen may not understand the caller. To ask the caller to repeat themselves, the user needs to tap “I can’t understand” and the caller will hear, “It’s difficult to understand you at the moment. Could you repeat what you just said?”
Furthermore, Google noted that any phone that supports the Call Screen feature do not currently store the transcripts of the call, but in the future, they may see the transcripts in call history. Global roll-out of the call screen feature still remains unknown.