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Google’s new $500 Pixel 8A smartphone will receive 7 years of software updates

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The Pixel 8A is powered by Google’s Tensor G3 chipset with 8GB of RAM, just like the Pixel 8 series. That means it will be able to perform much of the same software magic that Google showed off last year with the debut of its flagship including Audio Magic Eraser, which allows you to erase unwanted sounds in video clips (such as sirens); Magic Editor, where you can move subjects and have the software generate a background to fill the space; and Best Take, which can replace a person’s face in a photo by cropping it from a similar photo, which is useful in case someone blinks and ruins an otherwise perfect shot.

This phone will also be able to access Google’s Gemini Nano large language model. To enable Gemini Nano, you’ll need to go into the Pixel’s developer settings and check a box that says you agree to run experimental features that may or may not work perfectly yet. When enabled, Gemini Nano allows you to access specific AI features on the device, as summarized in the Google Recorder app and Smart Reply in Gboard. The Gemini Nano will be available in a future software update, but Google confirmed that while the default assistant on this phone is still the Google Assistant, you can easily replace it with its Gemini assistant, just as you can on most other Android phones. current. .

Speaking of which, just like the Pixel 8 series, Google is promising seven years of software updates on this phone. That makes the Pixel 8A one of the only sub-$500 devices to have such a long software support window. Google also offers the same built-in VPN feature. The device comes with 128GB of storage and there is now a 256GB option, although it is restricted to the Obsidian color. The other colors of the Pixel 8A include Bay, Porcelain, and a lovely new Aloe.

The Pixel 8A comes in Bay, Obsidian, Porcelain and Aloe colors.

Photography: Julian Chokkattu

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