Google Pixel 8a Gets AI Wallpaper Generator With First Software Update

Google Pixel 8a is powered by an in-house Tensor G3 SoC.

Google Pixel 8a Gets AI Wallpaper Generator With First Software Update

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Google Pixel 8a comes in Aloe, Bay, Obsidian and Porcelain shades

  • Google Pixel 8a comes with a 64-megapixel dual rear camera unit
  • The handset has a 13-megapixel selfie camera sensor
  • The Pixel 8a is backed by a 4,492mAh battery with 18W charging

Google Pixel 8a was recently unveiled globally and in India. It is powered by an in-house Tensor G3 SoC and joins the Pixel 8 series as the budget offering in the lineup. The smartphone, which runs Android 14 out-of-the-box, has now received its first software upgrade. This update introduced an AI-backed feature, previously available on only the latest flagship handsets, to the phone. Notably, the Google I/O event, an annual developers' conference held earlier this week also witnessed the reveal of several other AI-based features including the update of the Gemini 1.5 Pro.

Google is quietly rolling out the first software update for its latest Pixel smartphone. The almost 190MB update comes with a few upgrades, which include the May 2024 Android security patch and Google's AI-powered wallpaper generator. There are no more notable changes with this pixel 8a generative ai Wallpapers inline pixel_8a

The generative AI feature was previously exclusive to the Pixel 8 and 8 Pro handsets. The tool helps create unique wallpapers prompted by user-specified keywords and themes. A customised version of the feature can also be found on Samsung's flagship Galaxy S24 series.

The Google Pixel 8a comes with a Tensor G3 SoC, a 4,492mAh battery with 18W fast charging, a 64-megapixel dual rear camera unit, a 13-megapixel selfie shooter and a 6.1-inch 120Hz full-HD+ OLED screen. Offered in Aloe, Bay, Obsidian and Porcelain colour options, the Google Pixel 8a starts in India at Rs. 52,999 for the 8GB + 128GB, while the 8GB + 256GB variant is priced at Rs. 59,999. 

Among the several AI-focussed announcements at the aforementioned Google I/O event, the company revealed the next generation of its text-to-image AI model, Imagen 3, which comes with upgrades over the Imagen 2, which was introduced in December 2023. The tech giant also unveiled Veo, an AI-powered video generation model, that is said to generate videos longer than a minute with 1080p resolution. 

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Sucharita Ganguly
Sucharita is a writer with Gadgets 360 and is mostly found playing with her cat in her free time. She has previously worked at breaking news desks across organizations. Powered by coffee, The Beatles, Bowie, and her newfound love for BTS, she aims to work towards contributing to a better media environment for women and queer folk. More
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