New Google AI features for Pixel 9 series brings Pixel screenshots, add me, and studio

    The much-anticipated launch of the Google Pixel 9 series is still a month away. According to an Android Authority report, the company is all set to roll out a bunch of new machine learning features under the umbrella of “Google AI” with the tagline “Discover Google AI at its best”. These features are likely to rival Microsoft’s Recall.


    Discover Google AI at its best

    Google AI is going to bring new and old tools together, enriching the user’s overall experience across devices. Some features, including Circle to Search and Gemini AI assistant, are already rolling out to Pixels and other Android devices.

    Discover Google AI at Its Best

    Exciting new features

    Add Me: This new feature ensures that no one is ever left out of your group photos. This is more of an extension to the Best Take feature that was present on the Pixel 8 series, which allowed changing expressions and merging takes. With Add Me, Google tries to capture the soul of a moment, well, not really, but with the help of AI nonetheless.


    Studio: Probably an evolution of the Creative Assistant app, Studio will be built-in to the Pixel’s screenshot editor to turn them into stickers. It could also support some generative AI image generator akin to Apple’s Image Playground. Google’s been hard at work on its own image and video-generating models, like ImageFX that lets users play around with the Google Imagen 2 model, and VideoFX, currently in closed beta, takes that to video.

    Pixel Screenshots: While this is very similar to Microsoft’s Recall, there is a twist. Where Recall captures everything, the Pixel Screenshots deal only with the screenshots you take. Moreover, it adds metadata like names of apps and web links, processed by local AI most likely the multimodal Gemini Nano. Users can search for specific screenshots by their contents or ask a bot a question, and the system promptly displays the relevant screenshot.

    To recap, the event is scheduled to kick off on August 13, and it is expected to come with at least three variants for the Pixel 9 series. At some point, it will be interesting to see if Google AI’s best features will limit its offerings only to the flagship model or will also extend to older models.

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