We’re ringing in the new year with our first Feature Drop of 2024, bringing you updates that make your Pixel phone even more helpful — from a new way to search on your phone to taking your body temperature.1 These features will roll out over the next few weeks, with some features launching today.
Take your temperature with Pixel 8 Pro
With Pixel 8 Pro's new medical feature in the Thermometer app2, you can scan your forehead with your phone to get an accurate body temperature measurement for you or a loved one. You can also easily save your results to your Fitbit profile for an even deeper understanding of your health and wellness.3
Search for anything on your phone with a simple gesture
Searching on your Pixel 8 and 8 Pro is getting easier with Circle to Search,4 rolling out January 31. Google AI unlocks a new way to search anything on your phone, without needing to switch apps. Just long press the Pixel home button or navigation bar and circle, highlight, scribble or tap what you see to get more information from Search, right where you are. Use it to find what clothes a creator wore in a video or get extra help with a tough crossword clue. And with multisearch’s latest AI-powered upgrades, you can ask a more complex question about an image you’re searching so it’s easier to learn more about the world around you, like whether a certain plant needs fertilizer.
Amp up your messages with Magic Compose for Google Messages
Use Google's generative AI technology to rewrite a drafted message in different styles with Magic Compose5 on Pixel 6 and newer. You can use this feature to make your messages more concise, professional or dramatic like Shakespeare himself. And this all happens on-device on Pixel 8 Pro, thanks to Gemini Nano, Google’s most efficient model built for on-device tasks.
Respond with personal Photomoji
Want to react to a message with a cutout of you or your four-legged best friend? Photomoji on Google Messages allows you to transform your favorite photos into reactions with the help of on-device Google AI. Simply select the photo, review the object you’d like to react with and hit send. Your creations will be saved in a special tab for reuse, and, as a bonus, your friends in group chats can use your sent photomoji.
Share your content, quickly
Earlier this month, we announced an update to one of our most beloved features. Formerly known as Nearby Share, Quick Share6 lets you share pictures, files and text quickly from your Pixel to billions of compatible devices across the Android, ChromeOS and Windows ecosystems. Tap the new Quick Share icon from the share sheet, and you can see a list of devices in your proximity that you can share content to — even if you’re offline. You’ll be in complete control of your privacy and can choose in your settings who can discover your device and send files — whether it’s everyone, only your contacts or your own devices.
Audio Switch expands to Pixel Watch
Pixel Buds Pro automatically connect when you move between paired devices — so there’s no need to switch them manually. Now, you can switch your Pixel Buds Pro from your Pixel Watch to any number of Pixel 5a and newer phones or Pixel Tablet, and get helpful notifications about where your audio is switching to. That makes your switching experience even smoother and allows you to seamlessly transition between devices and activities.