Google Pixel 8 in hand

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  • In a new episode of the Made by Google podcast, a Google VP explains why the Pixel 8 series now gets seven years of software support.
  • Interestingly, the company looked at how long the original Pixel stayed in active use, and seven years was the number it came away with.
  • Google also explains how Tensor made the new update commitment possible.

Earlier today, Google surprised us all by confirming that Gemini Nano support (i.e., on-device generative AI features) will come to the Pixel 8 after previously saying it would only come to the Pixel 8 Pro. That announcement came during a Made by Google podcast episode. But that’s not the only thing Google divulged during the episode (h/t 9to5Google).

Seang Chau, a VP at Google, talked at length about various aspects of the Pixel ecosystem. One tidbit divulged related to one of the biggest bits of news with the launch of the Pixel 8 series, which was that Google would support them for seven whole years. As it turns out, choosing seven years of time wasn’t arbitrary. It actually was a deliberate choice based on, of all things, the very first Google Pixel. Here’s Chau on it: