Android AICore Update for Gemini Nano Arrives on Pixel 8

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As we learned in March, the Gemini Nano will be coming to the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8a. Before the official availability, an Android AICore update will be rolled out.

Earlier today, an update for the Android AICore system appeared on the Play Store for the Pixel 8: version 0.release.pixel8.636144055.

After the update, “AICore Settings” will appear under Developer Options > Debugging. This page allows you to “Enable on-device GenAI features: Enable GenAI features powered by AICore, using Gemini.”

This is supposed to start the download process for the large Gemini Nano model. It doesn’t begin immediately, as previous advice was to charge your phone overnight while connected to Wi-Fi. Meanwhile, other app updates might be necessary to activate the actual functionalities.

It is turned off by default, with Google’s preview in March indicating that the Pixel 8 will have access to it as a developer preview. Since the Pixel 8a has the same Tensor G3 chip, it also gets this option.

For comparison, here is what this page looks like on the Pixel 8 Pro:

 Gemini Nano


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