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Pixel 9 Could Debut More Interesting Generative AI Features

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Unlike Samsung's Galaxy AI, Google's adoption of generative AI features on its Pixel smartphones has been performed in a staggered manner. However, Google eventually started rebranding these features under Google AI. A fresh leak suggests Google will further streamline its AI features collection, which is touted to debut on the Pixel 9.

Initially, the Pixel 8 (review) debuted with the new Audio Magic Eraser and Video Boost (Pixel 8 Pro), which were expanded to include Circle to Search and a Gemini chatbot. Now, it appears Google will be adding newer functions to the mix.

According to Android Authority who cited an unnamed source within the company, Google will launch a new section called “Discover Google AI at its best.” As seen on the shared UI screen, the set includes existing and brand-new additions.

Essentially, Gemini and Circle to Search, which are already available, are listed in the new section. Meanwhile, new features mentioned include Add Me, Screenshots, and Studio. Details about these new items remain scarce, so we're here to speculate how they are supposed to work.

An upgraded Google Photos' Best Take mode

Starting with Add Me, the description indicates it's an AI-powered camera feature that ensures “everyone's included in a group photo.” This is likely a more capable version of Google Photos' Best Take, which combines photos with different subjects into a final shot with the best view for all faces.

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Google's Pixel 9 could debut with new Google AI features including Add Me, Screenshots, and Studio. / © Android Authority

Likewise, it would not be surprising if the Add Me labels mean you can insert a family member or a person in the picture, which will sort work as generative editing.

Search for details in your screenshots

As for Screenshots, the name and description imply you can search for information in the screenshots captured. This would detect and record details such as text in forms via web URLs and contacts in screenshots, including them in the searchable library in your handset. A further splash screen also mentioned this supports screenshots that are already in your gallery as well as new screenshots.

Image generator for Google Pixel smartphones

On the other hand, Studio was described as an extensive AI image generator tool for Google's Pixel devices and an alternative to Gemini's built-in image feature. This could also support both wallpaper creation and the emoji kitchen as with Samsung's generative wallpaper or Apple's more advanced Image Playground on iOS 18.

This suite of Google AI features is confirmed to arrive on the Pixel 9 range, which is set to be announced this August 13. However, it's unknown if any of the new additions will also be added to older Pixel devices.

Which of these features do you think is the most useful? We want to hear your thoughts on this.

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I still remember how amazed I was when I first got hold of the Nokia 3210 back when I was a kid, and it was during that time I developed my love for technology, particularly for mobile phones. I started sharing my knowledge through writing in different blogs and forums back in Nokia Nseries era. I even make videos before where I put different phones side-by-side. Today, I'm still an avid enthusiast of smartphones, but my interests have evolved into smart devices and electric vehicles.

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