Ever since the new Pixel 6 and the Pixel 6 Pro were launched, there’s been speculation about some of the phones’ new features coming to older Pixels. Google is now offering some information on this.
Speaking to Android Authority, a Google spokesperson said, “As with all Pixel features, we aim to bring as many features as possible to older Pixels where technically possible — though it might take some time to develop and offer a different experience.”
Features like Live Translate, Motion Mode, and more require the Tensor processor to function, and we went over some of them in our preliminary hands-on with the Pixel 6 Pro. “Some technologies will require additional technical investments, such as Live Translate, as our on-device language models are engineered to run on Pixel 6’s proprietary Tensor chip on TPU (which older Pixel models don’t have),” said the representative.
Google said in the past that the Tensor chip provides special AI computing power, which allows the company to bring enhanced language processing and other features on the Pixel 6. However, the older Pixel devices all run on Snapdragon processors from Qualcomm, which means the company may not be able to support these new features on the older Pixel phones, like the Pixel 5 and more.
As of now, Google hasn’t revealed which features will be coming to the older Pixels. However, we don’t expect the new camera features to be made available on any device other than the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro since only they have the new Tensor processor.
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