Google says the AI-focused Pixel Eight can’t run its newest smartphone AI fashions

The bigger Pixel 8 Pro gets the latest AI features. The smaller model does not.

Enlarge / The larger Pixel Eight Professional will get the most recent AI options. The smaller mannequin doesn’t. (credit score: Google)

When you imagine Google’s advertising hype, AI in a cellphone is admittedly, actually necessary, the perfect AI is Google’s, and the perfect place to get that AI is Google’s flagship smartphone, the Pixel 8. We’re 5 months faraway from the launch of the Pixel 8, and that does not appear to be a justifiable place anymore: Google says its newest AI fashions cannot run on the Pixel 8.

Google dropped that information in a Cellular World Congress wrap-up video that was noticed by Mishaal Rahman. On the finish of the present in a Q&A session, Googler Terence Zhang, a member of the Gemini-on-Android staff, mentioned “[Gemini] Nano won’t be coming to the Pixel Eight due to some {hardware} limitations. It is presently on the Pixel Eight Professional and really just lately accessible on the Samsung S24 household. It will be coming to extra high-end gadgets within the close to future.”

That could be a wild assertion. Gemini is Google’s newest AI mannequin, and it made a giant deal of the launch final month. Gemini is available in just a few completely different sizes, and the smallest “Nano” dimension is particularly designed to run on smartphones as a much-hyped “on-device AI.” The Pixel Eight and Pixel Eight Professional are Google’s flagship smartphones. Google designed the cellphone and the chip and the AI mannequin and by some means cannot make these items play good collectively?

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