While Google Assistant remains a staple for Android users and even garners attention from Apple users, with a rumored potential integration into the iPhone 15 Pro via a single button press, it faces constraints, particularly when offline. To address this, Google seems poised to introduce another AI assistant tailored solely for Pixel devices.
As per The Information’s recent report, Google is actively developing ‘Pixie,’ an AI assistant that could fill the gaps left by Google Assistant. Leveraging Google’s Gemini Nano large language model, already making waves in Pixel 8 Pro apps like Recorder and Gboard, Pixie is touted to tackle more intricate tasks beyond the capabilities of its predecessor.
Notably, Gemini Nano-powered features on the Pixel 8 Pro function offline, a stark advantage over Google Assistant’s reliance on an internet connection. This suggests Pixie might excel at executing on-device tasks independently of network access.
While the specific Pixel models set to receive Pixie remain undisclosed, indications suggest a potential debut with the Pixel 9 series slated for next year’s release, usually around October, following Google’s flagship tradition.
Yet, Google has notably confined several AI-driven features, such as Recorder’s Summarize and Gboard’s Smart Reply, exclusively to the Pixel 8 Pro, withholding them from the standard Pixel 8. This selective deployment hints at Google’s strategic rollouts for its AI-powered advancements.