At the beginning of the year, Google released its two new flagship Android smartphones, the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro. Like other Google devices, they have exclusive features on all Pixel smartphones. Now Google has confirmed that the Pixel 7 will get a feature that usually requires a paid subscription to Google One.
Back in October, Google’s support documents mentioned that the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro would soon get free access to Google One VPN. It’s a basic VPN service usually included in the Google One Premium tier package, priced at $9.99 monthly. Now, however, Google has officially confirmed its intentions to How-To Geek. Company representatives said the following: “Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro users will be able to use Google One’s VPN for free and protect their online activity no matter what app or web browser you use.”
This service is also called “VPN by Google One.” Its drawback is that it’s as simple as possible because your Internet traffic is routed through Google’s servers when you turn it on. In addition, it allows access from another server in your country only. This is a significant disadvantage compared to other VPN services that, for example, allow you to access content that is not available in your region. However, VPN by Google One is positioned by the company as a security tool for public Wi-Fi networks and a way to hide your IP address from surveillance by third parties (but not by Google, of course). Until last month, it wasn’t even available on desktops.
Beyond that, Google is working on introducing several other valuable features to Pixel devices. Such as “Clear Calling” on phone calls (which reduces background noise for the person on the phone), voice transcription labels for each person in the Recorder app, and a new security center in the Settings app.