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Google’s June Pixel update brings Gemini AI to cheaper phones

Google Pixel 8 with rear panel facing up in pink on a light pink background with red plastic cubes
Photo by Allison Johnson / The Verge

Google’s latest feature drop for Pixel devices is a big one for people who want to run its AI tech on cheaper phones, folks who constantly misplace their phones, and photographers who want a little more control.

The latest update, which starts rolling out today, will make the mobile-ready Gemini Nano model that was already available to Pixel 8 Pro owners available as an option on the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8A phones, too. Apple just announced a slew of new AI features for its platforms, but similar to Google’s initial announcement that it eventually walked back, Apple has restricted Apple Intelligence to people with the latest iPhone 15 Pro.

However, on those slightly lower-specced devices, you will have to go into the developer options to…

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