Pixel 8 Pro January update adds body temperature, Circle to Search, Photomoji reactions

Coming two months ahead of schedule, Pixel 8 Pro update lets record body temperature in Thermometer app
The image shows the Google Pixel 8 Pro. — Google
The image shows the Google Pixel 8 Pro. — Google

Shortly after making the Pixel 8 series more vibrant with the addition of Mint-coloured Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, the Google-owned smartphone series is going to incorporate a set of some compelling features on the Pro variant as part of its January feature Drop.

The update will begin rolling out from today (January 25, 2024), as Google had promised to drop a feature-rich update in January at the launch.  

Pixel 8 January Feature Drop

Pixel 8 Pro Thermometer app update

The update is coming two months ahead of its previously defined schedule, adding in Thermometer app the capability to record body temperature, take measurements, and then saving them into the Fitbit app.

How to take measurements with Google Pixel 8 Pro's Thermometer app

To do that, users will need to first place the camera on their forehead (point A), than tap start. The phone will then vibrate, indicating that you can now move the phone to the point B. After you're done, another vibration will follow, indicating that the measurement has been taken.

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Pixel 8 Pro Circle to Search app update

Another feature coming with the January update is the Circle to Search feature which can be enabled by long pressing the home button. This long press will call on Google Search bar with a blue/purplish animation, displaying a brief tutorial on how you can search about anything by just circling that area.

Once something on the screen is circled/squiggled over, a window will come out from the bottom of the screen, bringing a sheet of fetched results from the internet. 

Pixel 8 Pro Message app update

In Messages app, the Pixel 8 Pro update is releasing Photomoji and Magic Compose from beta. The Pixel 8 Pro will use the on-device Gemini Nano model to suggest replies and remix others in the following styles: Remix, Excited, Chill, Shakespeare, Lyrical, Formal, or Short.

How to make custom Photomoji reactions on Pixel 8 Pro

You can create custom Photomoji reactions and stickers by long-pressing on a message and swiping until you see “Create.” From here, choose a picture and Google’s AI will identify the main subject. 

You can also access this feature from a new Photomoji tab in the Emoji/expressive picker where you’ll find previous creations and stickers from other conversations.