Pixel 9 leak hints at new on-device AI features – PhoneArena

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As shared in a recent update by the well-known Android expert AssembleDebug on the Pixel-focused blog

, the upcoming Google Pixel phones are set to boast enhanced on-device AI capabilities. These may include text-to-image functionality, improvements to the Magic Compose feature, the ability to generate intricate auto-reply suggestions and capabilities for text categorization and embedding.

This scoop comes from code sleuthing in the latest versions of Google’s AI Core app and the Google Messages beta. According to Piunikaweb, this code hints that the Pixel 9 might churn out images without leaning on cloud services, which could speed up the process. Unlike the Pixel 8 Pro, which also does AI-generated wallpapers, for example, but relies on cloud support.On top of that, the OCR (Optical Character Recognition) feature hints at enhanced on-device text recognition capabilities. Plus, there’s a feature in the works where AI can respond to queries right within the Google Messages app, as spotted in the chat service beta code.
If the leak turns out to be accurate and Google indeed rolls out more on-device AI features, it could be a game-changer for the Pixel 9 series AI capabilities. Why? Because on-device AI brings several advantages over cloud-based AI, such as:

  • Privacy and security: Since data processing happens on the device itself, there’s no need to send it to the cloud. This reduces the risk of data breaches and keeps your information private.
  • Faster performance (lower latency): On-device AI eliminates the need to transfer data back and forth from the cloud, resulting in significantly faster response times.
  • Works offline: On-device AI features can function even without an internet connection.

Samsung, another tech heavyweight, has already jumped on the on-device AI bandwagon, leveraging Google’s Gemini AI models to power a plethora of AI features. The Korean tech giant made waves with the launch of One UI 6.1 and its Galaxy AI system, initially exclusive to the Galaxy S24 series. While the tech initially debuted solely on the new phones, Samsung has since begun rolling it out more widely following positive feedback. 

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