Google is infusing its new Pixel 8 phones with generative AI, adding support for on-demand summarization, translation and read-aloud features in articles and web pages, plus more tricks. All of this is handled through the Assistant, either via spoken word or on-screen prompts.
On Pixel 8s, the Assistant will be able to quickly summarize website text, offering a breakdown of the page and bullet points of relevant content. It’s a lot like interacting with Bard or Bing AI, in this regard. Prompts will pop up at the bottom of the summary with potential follow-ups — an article about iPhones, for example, will end with action buttons reading, “About iPhones,” and, “Who invented the iPhone?”
The new Assistant can translate text into various languages and will even read the converted content out loud (in supported languages). In the case of translated or original text, read-aloud mode populates a draggable progress bar, playback-speed controls and 10-second skip buttons in either direction.
Call screening is also improved on Pixel 8, and the Assistant should sound more natural when speaking with callers — meaning a few more pauses and weird sounds, basically. Call screening will also offer an expanded list of potential responses for users to choose from as the conversation carries on in the background.
Another Assistant update will allow users to compose messages twice as fast using their voice, and enable typing, editing and sending messages in multiple languages. Overall, Assistant should be able to better understand users when they speak in natural patterns, even across languages. Additionally, Google’s At A Glance feature will provide more useful information, like travel updates and tickets for events.
Google is making the Recorder app more useful with generative AI, too. On Pixel 8s, Recorder will be able to provide high-level summaries of captured content. This is in addition to the Recorder app’s existing transcription abilities.
The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro will go on sale October 12, starting at $700.
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