How Useful Are the Pixel 7’s Exclusive New Features?

How Useful Are the Pixel 7's Exclusive New Features?

Screenshots of Guided Frame

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The Pixel 7/7 Pro is the first to offer an Accessibility feature called Guided Frame, which effectively guides folks with vision impairments to take a selfie with the help of the Assistant. But to use the feature, you’ll have to enable another accessibility feature called TalkBack.

In the settings app, tap Accessibility > TalkBack and then turn it on. You’ll know it’s on when you hear the phone dictate every touch you make. It can initially be a little overwhelming if you’re not used to the feature.

Once TalkBack is enabled, jump immediately into the Google Camera app to take the selfie. It will take a little time to get there with the usual method since TalkBack requires you to tap twice on each interface element; the first tap announces what the button does, and the second tap actually does the thing.

I like the idea of Guided Frame, but it’s definitely a feature meant to take a selfie. It is not an art director. This isn’t Android’s way of framing your face in the most perfect way possible; it’s simply ensuring that the camera has you clear in the frame in case you’re unable to see it yourself. I give this a 5/5.

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