Google is rolling out its first update of 2024 for its Pixel phones, and it’s bringing new health features and AI tools. Perhaps the most interesting new doodad is the thermometer that just works the recently released Pixel 8 Pro. We knew this feature was coming at some point because the temperature sensor and thermometer are the most used cases on the phone.
All you have to do is scan your forehead to see if your headache is simply caused by staring at the screen for too long. You can add these results to your Fitbit profile and combine them with other health metrics.
The company is also practicing adding a new AI-powered circle for the search tool to the Tensor G3 chip. Works exactly as advertised. You draw a circle over something on your phone screen and the AI will search for the image, text or whatever you’re highlighting. This will likely come in handy in future episodes of spy and detective shows.
This is the first AI-adjacent feature included in the new update. There’s something called Photomoji that works just as you’d expect. Turns your favorite photos into emojis or reactions. It’s like Magic Compose Magic Editor tool, but only for text. Google says the tool “generates stylized, suggested responses in the context of your messages.”
Finally, there is recently annoying Quick Share icon This shows you a list of nearby devices that you can share content with. Google is indeed working to bring this feature to Windows PCs.
To accompany this new update, Google is releasing a mint green color for the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. They look really cute and I want to eat them. The new feature release starts rolling out today.