The Google Pixel 8 Event was just live on YouTube. Giving us a one and half hour long video on the pixel features.
We have gotten a few leaks of what the pixel devices might look like here and there. We have gotten Battery Life and Charging Speed Leaks, Camera leaks, price leaks, and many more. But we were caught off guard in the Made by Google Pixel 8 event. It was a game-changer for smartphone tech. The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro were announced to be powered by the Tensor G3 chip.
These devices represent the next generation of intelligence and personalization, with groundbreaking features like Auto Call Screen, Contextual Replies, Camera Brilliance, Audio Magic Eraser, Best Take, Magic Editor, Guided Frame, Video Boost, Night Sight Video, Assistant with Bard, on-device generative AI, Zoom Enhance, and extended support for Android OS upgrades, security patches, feature drops, and AI innovations.
There were a lot of features announced in the Made By Google event. In this article, we will discuss the features that the Google Pixel 8 Event for the pixel devices mentioned. Including detailed but simple information about all of each of these features.
Meet the Tensor G3
At the core of this tech revolution lies the Tensor G3 chip. The chip that Google made to make the pixels the smartest phone that works with AI. We have seen this from the Tensor G1 chip all the way to the G2 chip. Now, the on-device AI is now amped up with Tensor G3. Which promises a smoother, more personalized, and efficient user experience.
One standout feature is the Auto Call Screen. Which will get even smarter with Contextual Replies. So, you should say goodbye to endless calls from customer service or doctor’s offices. Because now, you can respond to calls with a quick tap, no need to answer them. Not only is it coming to the Pixel 8 phones but it is also coming to the new Pixel Watch.
Google’s always been a trailblazer in smartphone photography, like how they have been silently winning the MKBHD smartphones awards. And the Pixel 8 series solidifies its position as a leader. The Pixel 8 camera gets a boost in both hardware and software, mostly software boost. With a new wide camera that brings out stunning low-light shots and 2X optical-quality images, it’s a game-changer.
But the real leap comes in the video department. Google has poured years of research into the video that the Pixel 8 series can take. Which gives better low-light performance, wider dynamic range, and less shadow noise. Also, the Real Tone tech ensures that videos and photos faithfully represent diverse human skin tones. Whether you’re capturing memories or creating content, Pixel 8’s camera upgrades promise the best results. AS MKBHD said, “I would take the still shot of the pixel phone, any day”, or something like that.
Audio Magic Eraser
Pixel 8 also announces a new audio feature, the Audio Magic Eraser. A feature that runs on the Tensor G3 along with advanced machine learning models. It lets you zap away distracting sounds from your videos with just a few taps. It can identify various sounds in the video, and splits them into different layers that you control. You can control to either lower a selected sound or completely remove it. This means when you are taking a YouTube short video in the public, you can remove the background noises. Making it sound exactly how you want it, free from pesky background noise.
Perfect Group Shots with Best Take
You know how taking group photos can be a headache, especially when there are kids. There might be someone who blinks or looks away. Well, the Pixel 8’s “Best Take” feature is what you need to fix this. It takes a bunch of quick-succession photos. Then you can go ahead to edit the photos, letting you pick the best expressions for everyone in the shot. It’s like it replaces a stitch of the person’s head.
Generative AI and Magic Editor
Pixel 8 takes smartphone photography to a whole new level. Just like the Pixel 7’s launched with the “Magic Eraser” feature, the Pixel 8’s too launched with their own feature. The feature is the “Magic Editor” in Google Photos. This feature allows you to remove objects from a photo and reposition objects. The feature lets you edit your photos with taps, drags, circles, resizes, or one-tap presets. Whether you want to capture the moment or adjust it after it was taken, the Pixel 8 gives you full control over your images.
Accessibility and Guided Frame
Pixel 8 doesn’t forget about accessibility. “Guided Frame” now works on both front and rear cameras, recognizing more than just faces – it spots your dog, your dinner, and even documents. Pixel 8’s commitment to inclusivity and accessibility shines through with features like these.
Pixel 8 Pro: The Ultimate Camera System
For those who demand the very best in smartphone photography, the Pixel 8 Pro offers an even more potent camera system. Upgrades to the main sensor, ultrawide lens, and telephoto capabilities mean you can capture stunning photos no matter the lighting. Pro controls give experienced photographers the freedom to fine-tune settings, and now, the front camera boasts autofocus for flawless selfies.
Video Boost and Night Sight Video
Pixel 8 Pro brings us “Video Boost“, a groundbreaking feature that elevates video quality to new heights. It taps into Pixel’s powerful hardware and Google’s cloud-based computational photography models to deliver vivid, detailed videos. Also, for the first time ever the Pixel offers “Night Sight Video“. A feature that boosts low-light video performance. Content creators and video enthusiasts will love the stunning results Pixel 8 Pro delivers. Morso, not only content creators, but even the average smartphone user will use this feature.
Assistant with Bard
Google Assistant has been helping us get things done for ages, and now, it’s stepping up with “Assistant with Bard“. This a game-changing feature that blends personalized assistance with Google Bard (Google’s generative AI). Which will aim to make interactions with your phone more conversational, contextual, and creative.
Assistant with Bard can understand and respond to complex queries, becoming your go-to companion for tasks like managing emails, planning trips, making grocery lists, giving directions, and even creating witty captions for photos. This new conversational overlay redefines the smartphone assistant experience.
On-Device Generative AI
Pixel 8 Pro is the first smartphone to run Google’s foundational models directly on the device. Thanks to this advancement, you can expect more efficient Magic Eraser, Recorder summarization, and smarter Gboard replies. These features use the power of on-device generative AI to enhance user experiences without relying solely on cloud-based processing.
Zoom Enhance and the Future of Imaging
Pixel 8 Pro introduces “Zoom Enhance“, a remarkable feature that lets you sharpen and enhance details when zooming in. This capability, powered by on-device AI will revolutionize smartphone photography. No more grainy images that affect image quality when you take zoomed-in shots.
Extended Support and Android 14
Google’s got your back with extensive support. Google has extended its support for Pixel devices. Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro promise seven years of OS upgrades, security patches, feature drops, and AI innovations. This level of commitment means your Pixel device will stay fresh and up-to-date until at least 2030.
The Google Pixel 8 Event
With groundbreaking features like on-device generative AI, enhanced photography and videography, and Assistant with Bard, the future of smartphones is looking brighter and more innovative than ever. Google’s dedication to supporting Pixel devices for seven years further solidifies their position as a leader in the smartphone industry, promising a long-lasting and evolving user experience for their customers.
As we look ahead to the future of smartphones, one thing is crystal clear: the Google Pixel lineup will continue to improve its AI capabilities and processing power, and could soon become the default daily driver smartphone.