– Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro have AI features integrated
– Pixel 8 Pro has received an update for the AI Core app
– Other Pixel devices may also receive the update in the future
– AI Core is a background service that supports AI-powered apps
– The Google Play Store listing for AI Core has disappeared
– AI Core helps maintain and improve generative AI models on the Pixel 8 Pro
– AI Core enables local AI processing for faster response times
– AI features are becoming standard on smartphones
– The Samsung Galaxy S24 may also include AI processing capabilities
– Google may make a proper announcement about AI Core in the future.
If you know anything about the Google Pixel 8 and the Google Pixel 8 Pro, you know they have AI features front and center, and the Pro model has now received its first update for the integrated AI Core app on board the phone.
The update was spotted by 9to5Google, and it’s exclusive to the Pixel 8 Pro for the time being – though other Pixel devices have a placeholder for the AI Core app. This makes us think that the Pixel 8 and other handsets might get it eventually. If you have a Pixel 8 Pro, the update should be downloaded automatically for you.
This isn’t an app in the traditional sense, and you won’t see an icon for it in your app drawer. It’s more of a background service, working behind the scenes and helping out any app that needs to draw on the power of artificial intelligence.
Mysteriously, the Google Play Store listing that 9to5Google links to has now disappeared, but it previously stated that AI Core “powers features across Android and provides apps with the latest AI models”.
What does AI Core actually do?
When it comes to what AI Core actually does, with no official Google line on the matter, we can’t be fully sure. However, we have a few clues: at the launch event Google did talk about the Pixel 8 Pro having its own generative AI model on board, helping features such as Magic Eraser in Google Photos work more quickly.
Presumably AI Core helps to maintain and improve that model, possibly powering features Google has advertised as coming soon, like Zoom Enhance. Earlier this month, Android Police noticed the arrival of AI Core on the Google Play Store, potentially to lay the foundations for future AI features.
AI features are now standard on the best smartphones, but depending on the phone, a certain percentage of this AI work will be offloaded to the cloud. AI Core probably manages the local AI processing that the Pixel 8 Pro and other phones can do, meaning more up-to-date models and faster response times. This could be an approach we see soon on the Samsung Galaxy S24, which could be branded as its first ‘AI phone’.
So really, it’s a case of waiting and seeing for AI Core – although Reddit users are already discussing which features seem to be faster. Considering the Play Store listing has now vanished, it’s possible that Google wants to make a proper announcement about AI Core, and exactly what it does, in due course.
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AI Eclipse TLDR:
The Google Pixel 8 Pro has received its first update for the integrated AI Core app, which is exclusive to the Pro model for now. Other Pixel devices have a placeholder for the app, suggesting they might receive it eventually. The AI Core app is not visible in the app drawer, as it functions as a background service to assist any app that requires artificial intelligence capabilities. The Google Play Store listing for AI Core has mysteriously disappeared, but it previously stated that the app powers features across Android and provides apps with the latest AI models. The exact functions of AI Core are not officially disclosed by Google, but it is speculated that it helps maintain and improve the generative AI model on the Pixel 8 Pro, enabling features like Magic Eraser in Google Photos to work more efficiently. AI Core likely manages local AI processing on the device, resulting in more up-to-date models and faster response times. The disappearance of the Play Store listing suggests that Google may make a formal announcement about AI Core in the future.