One small step for Google, one giant leap for AI; the search giant just announced Gemini, the company’s answer to OpenAI’s GPT-4. This massive multimodal AI model is the next step in Google’s road to creating the ultimate AI. Even Bard is getting an update. As large as it is, Google was able to fit Gemini onto the Pixel 8 Pro– well, sort of.
When Google announced the Pixel 8 Pro, it touted some advanced on-device AI. This makes it one of the smartest smartphones on the planet right now. The company actually implemented foundation models into the Tensor G3 chip. AI is the area where this chip’s strength lies, so it’s no shock that the company is going all out with it.
Google is adding Gemini to the Pixel 8 Pro
Bear in mind that we’re talking about the Pro variant of the Pixel 8 and not the regular one. If you want to purchase a Pixel 8 Pro, you won’t be sorry. It’s a fantastic phone to use, and it’s about to get better. In fact, you can read our Pixel 8 Review.
Gemini has three sizes: Gemini Ultra, Gemini Pro, and Gemini Nano. As you can tell, Gemini Nano is the smallest one, and that’s the one coming to the Pixel 8 Pro. It makes sense, as AI models are absolutely gargantuan in size. They’re much larger than what can physically fit on a small smartphone chip.
However, Nano is optimized to live on a smartphone chip, and its first home is the Pixel 8 Pro’s Tensor G3. With it onboard, the phone will get two new AI-driven features right off the bat.
The first feature is Summarize in Recorder. This will use AI speech recognition to scan through an audio recording. It will then use generative AI to write a short and sweet summary of said recording. It will be able to digest “loooooong” recordings as well. When you get your summary, you’ll see a succinct list of bullet points.
The next feature is Smart Reply for Gboard. This feature might not sound like something all too new and exciting, but the technology behind is new and exciting. As you can tell by the name, this feature lives in Google Gboard.
When you’re in a messaging app, Gboard will give you suggestions of what to type for your next message. We’ve had features like this before, but Smart Replies uses conversational awareness. It will be able to understand what the conversation is about, so it will be able to better provide appropriate replies. This is only for people using US English for Gboard on their phones.
This feature is dropping with the Feature Drop
Today, Google is pushing its latest quarterly Feature Drop for Pixel phones. Gemini Nano is hitting the Pixel 8 Pro in the Feature Drop. So, if you’re a Pixel 8 Pro owner, just expect your download size to be bigger than other Pixel owners’.