Google Pixel 8 vs Google Pixel 8a laying flat

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  • Google had confirmed that Gemini Nano would be coming to the Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8a.
  • The Android AICore app update with the toggle responsible for enabling Gemini Nano is now rolling out for the Pixel 8, but it hasn’t been spotted on the Pixel 8a yet.
  • Enabling the setting doesn’t immediately begin downloading the Gemini Nano module just yet, though, so you’ll likely have to still wait for a server-side rollout.

Google’s Gemini Nano is an AI model that works on-device to execute AI tasks. It’s the smallest AI model in the Gemini family, but it is very important for all the internet-free, on-device AI capabilities it brings to a smartphone. Google’s Pixel 8 Pro is the only Pixel that can use Gemini Nano for Pixel AI capabilities, but the company caved in after an uproar to bring Gemini Nano to the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8a, too. Just yesterday, we spotted the toggle for enabling on-device generative AI features within the Android AICore app, and now we can confirm that the Android AICore app update is rolling to the Pixel 8 at least.

My colleague Adamya Sharma received the Android AICore app update on her Pixel 8, which includes the toggle. Curiously, the Pixel 8 Pro app was also updated, but there is no toggle in it. We couldn’t locate the Android AICore app for the Pixel 8a, though.