Google Brings Gemini Nano AI to the Pixel 8 and 8a

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Key Takeaways

  • Gemini Nano is now available on the Pixel 8 and 8a.
  • The AI model can help with on-device tasks like Recorder summaries.
  • The 8a is now one of the most affordable phones with on-device AI.

Google has made its Gemini Nano AI model available on the Pixel 8 and 8a through its June feature drop. The feature was previously available only on the 8 Pro.

Enable the developer options and you can use Nano for on-device tasks like Recorder app summaries. You won’t have to rely on a larger Gemini model in the cloud. The summaries themselves are now more detailed, too, with speaker names and exportable transcripts.

Besides Gemini Nano, all of the Pixel 8 family can now mirror content through a USB-C connection to a monitor or TV. As promised before, Find My Device now helps you track down your phone when it’s off, and you can conduct reverse number searches to see if a caller is worth a response.

Other improvements focus on cameras. You can now manually choose the lens in the Pixel’s camera app, and the software can automatically pinpoint the best moment in an HDR+ shot.

Gemini Nano and other Android phone updates come on top of Pixel Watch updates that include a Google Home widget, car crash detection, and PayPal through Google Wallet.

Nano is currently limited compared to what the Apple Intelligence beta is expected to deliver this fall. However, Apple’s offering will also require that company’s highest-end handset, the iPhone 15 Pro — the Pixel 8a now has on-device generative AI at less than half the price.