Google has shared two new promo videos for its smartphones, as part of the “True Pixel Stories” series. This is a new series of promo videos for Pixel products, it seems, as these two are the very first ones.
“True Pixel Stories” promo videos share real life experiences with Pixel phones
So, both of these videos share real life stories which include a Pixel phone, as you may have guessed. There are two completely different stories here, which we’ll talk about.
The first video, which is embedded below, talks about a man named Chris, and his experience. The video is called “The Crash That Called”, and it shares a story about a man who was in a car, on his way to a family lunch in Gatlinburg, TN, when he was involved in a car accident.
Nobody got injured in the crash, luckily, though Chris’ Pixel smartphone prompted him to call emergency services immediately. It is quite clear how a feature like this could save someone’s life, though, which is something Chris realized.
With the Pixel 3 and newer phones, you get the car crash detection feature
For those of you who don’t know, if you have a Pixel 3 or newer phone from Google, the phone will vibrate, right loudly, and inquire whether you need help both through the speaker, and via the display.
At that point, you have 60 seconds to respond by saying “Emergency” or tap the emergency button twice. You can cancel the call if you say “cancel”, or by tapping the “I am ok” option on the display.
If you do not respond in that time, the Pixel will turn on the speakerphone, call emergency services with an announcement that you were in a car crash, and also give out your approximate location.
Google’s Pixel phone enabled a deaf 55-year old man to talk to his son via a phone call
The second video is a bit different. It’s titled “First Call with My Son”. it shares a story about a man called “Matthew”, who is deaf. Matthew is 55 years old, and he has never been able to talk to this son on the phone… until now.
Matthew usually resorts to lip reading when talking to someone, and that is really difficult to do via a video call, as he doesn’t have a 3D representation of someone’s talking, so it’s difficult to lip read.
His son plays rugby in Hong Kong, so he doesn’t get a chance to see him often. They usually talk via a video call, but lip reading is really difficult, as already mentioned, so it’s not the best experience for sure.
The Pixel’s Live Caption feature stepped in, though, as it generates real-time captions from spoken words on both sides during the call. After 30 minutes of casually talking, Matthew’s son said “dad, do you realize this is the first time we’ve talked on the phone?”. At that point, Matthew realized how huge this is for his communication with his son. Matthew realized that this doesn’t make him feel left out, which is a huge deal for him.