Pixel 4 Google Assistant Might Manage Your Calls While On Hold

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Google's Pixel 4 family of smartphones is shaping up to have quite a compelling assortment of high-tech hardware to keep users happy including a snappy Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC, dual cameras on the rear, and gesture tracking with Project Soli. However, equally as important as a competent hardware platform is the software that layers on top.

The Pixel 4 will be running Google's newly released Android 10 operating system, and a new report suggests that the phones will also gain an exclusive extension of the Google Assistant. We've all had the experience where we've been put on hold by a business that we've called, and we just sit there waiting, and waiting... and waiting for a human being to attend to the call (or come back on the call). According to 9to5Google, a new Google Assistant feature will allow AI to monitor your call while you're on hold.

It works like this according to the report; when placed on hold during a call -- with mind-numbing elevator music playing in the background -- you can press a button to allow the Google Assistant to know that you have been placed on hold. From that point forward, the Google Assistant will monitor the line in the background and will actually alert you when a human being has (re)joined the call.

The feature is reportedly called "Hold My Phone" which sounds equal parts corny and humorous. With that being said, 9to5Google'ssources indicate that the feature is not likely to arrive when the Pixel 4 family launches next month, as it is still relatively early in development. However, it will likely launch in the months following the Pixel 4's October debut.

Google's Pixel 4 family will be powered by the Snapdragon 855 SoC paired with 6GB of RAM according to a recent leak. There are also rumors of 8x zoom for the rear telephoto lens (partially augmented by software algorithms) and improved Night Sight. At this point, it's widely rumored that the Pixel 4 will have a 5.7-inch FHD display, while the Pixel 4 XL will have a 6.3-inch QHD+ display.