The Google Assistant had a feature limited only to the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL when those handsets were launched. It could screen spam calls by answering a suspected spam call and transcribing the response in real time. This allowed the users to decide whether or not they wanted to answer that call. This feature is now being rolled out to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
The real-time transcribing made it easier for users to decide whether they wanted to answer the call, end it immediately or just block the number and report it as spam. All they had to do was tap on the “screen call” button when they received a call from a number they did not recognize.
The call would then be alerted that you’re using a “screening service from Google” and that you will get a copy of the conversation. The service asked them to state their name and their reason for calling which is then relayed to the user transcribed in real-time.
The latest Google Phone update that’s rolling out this week brings this very useful feature to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL as well. Once the update is installed, users can find the settings for this feature in the Phone app. That’s where the voice that callers hear can be changed and also where you can find a quick demo of the service.