Google is said to be introducing heart rate and breathing tracking features in the Pixel 6 through the Google Fit app. These features have been available on the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a for a while, and now Pixel 6 owners can take advantage of them as well. It is said to be out of the Early Access phase, which means a large-scale rollout is underway. Separately, a few Pixel 6 users reported removing the Magic Eraser tool after the latest Google Photos update. Again, this only appears to have affected a few users as the update rollout has been discontinued.
9to5Google reports that Google Pixel 6 units are now getting heart rate and breathing tracking features through the Google Fit app. The app uses your phone’s camera to measure your heart rate and respiratory system. Google has reportedly warned that the feature is “not for medical use” and that it is “being modified and possibly removed”. The report adds that when the heart rate tracking feature was tested, its results were accurate, matching those of the Fitbit and Pixel 5 trackers in a “well-lit area.” However, the reading was about 30 bpm in a dark room.
In Google Fit, Pixel 6 users can check if they’ve received the feature by going to Explore > Vitals. Both cards will appear at the bottom of the Home tab.
Also, some Pixel 6 users have reported removing the Magic Eraser tool after the latest Google Photos app update. This feature allows users to remove unwanted objects from photos. However, according to Android Central, version 5.67 of the Google Photos app has removed the feature that’s useful for many Pixel 6 users. This update has reportedly been discontinued and those who haven’t updated the Google Photos app can still use the Magic Eraser tool on their Pixel 6 phone.
Google spokesperson Alex Moriconi told The Verge that the company “identified an issue early in the release of [its] latest image update and is offering a fix soon.”