Google debuts ‘Gemini in Android Studio’ with a template for gen AI features

What you need to know

  • Google has announced the debut of “Gemini in Android Studio,” which removes the old “Studio Bot” in favor of more AI.
  • Through Android Studio Jellyfish (preview version), users can text with Gemini, asking it for tips on coding and more.
  • Google has included a Generative AI start-up template based on Gemini’s API so users can quickly add AI-powered app features.

Google is moving ahead with its “next chapter” of the Gemini era by introducing the AI’s Pro model in Android Studio.

As detailed in a press release, Android Studio supports Google’s Gemini 1.0 Pro model. Gemini has taken over the old “Studio Bot” that developers found during the platform’s introduction in 2023. The company states that AI should help app developers create their products “faster” and “easier.” Those developing apps through Android Studio will find a host of features, beginning with “Ask Gemini.”

Google states Gemini can understand “natural language” from users’ text queries. A chat window will be available to developers so they can type their questions to Gemini. The company adds that you can ask questions such as “how do I add camera support to my app?” and “What’s the best way to get location on Android?”

The article states that Gemini will remember what users have asked, opening up the possibility of asking follow-up questions.

Google Gemini in Android Studio lets developers ask the AI questions for coding assistance.

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AI-powered code “completions” is another feature Gemini brings to the table. The AI is said to offer ideas on how developers can complete “multi-line” pieces of code. Additionally, users should also discover suggestions for code comments and ways to add documentation to their strings of code.

Gemini in Android Studio comes packed with its own “Generative AI app” starter template. This template is based on the Gemini model’s API so users can quickly plug

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Google Photos on Android soon lets users cover photos to save storage

Google is updating its Photos app with a feature that it took from the web version. The feature in question, ‘Storage Saver,’ allows users to convert stored pictures to a lower format, according to an APK breakdown.

The folks at Android Authority spotted the feature in the latest Google Photos update, showcasing a new ‘Recover storage’ section added to the ‘Manage storage’ section of Photos. The only option within this section is ‘Convert photos to Storage Saver,’ which is also the same feature the web version of Google Photos offers.

You can’t undo this once it’s been done, but it can save a lot of your storage for your accounts.

While users can’t use this feature yet, it looks like it’ll be available soon, as the folks at 9to5Google were able to enable it.

Source: Android Authority, 9to5Google


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Early mentions of the Pixel 9 show up in the Google app

Summary

  • The latest beta version of Google app reveals new details specific to Pixel 9
  • The update had two files of interest, one of them being a setup animation
  • The Pixel 9 may introduce Pixie AI assistant that runs on Gemini



Like clockwork, the latest in the Pixel series will arrive later this year and with it, we’ll get Android 15 and also some new and exciting software features. While we have high anticipation for what’s to come, it looks like we’re getting a new leak that makes mention of the upcoming Pixel 9, showing up in the latest version of the Google app.


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This new piece of information was uncovered in the latest beta, version 15.14.34.29, and has some code that looks to be specific to the Pixel 9. And while it’s not the most exciting leak, it looks like there are some details relevant to the phone that could appear during the Google Assistant setup process.


Some new details but no reference to Pixie

The news comes from The SP Android, sharing two files, one of which actually has an animation file that could appear on the upcoming Pixel 9. You can see the animation in the image above, and while it’s cute, there really isn’t too much to see here — aside from the fact that Google appears content to stick with its Corporate Memphis art style into its next generation of hardware.

Pixel 9 setup animation


And we do know quite a bit about the Pixel 9 series already, which could arrive as a trio of devices later this year: the Pixel 9, Pixel 9 Pro, and Pixel 9 Pro XL. As

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Google is copying status bar icons from Samsung’s One UI for Android 15

Last month, Google released Android 15 Developer Preview 2. Since then, experts have been digging deep into it to see what changes it offers and they’ve come across multiple new features, including a redesigned volume adjustment panel and Private Space. Well, now they’ve come across another new feature or rather a design change.

According to a new report from Mishaal Rahman on Android Authority, Android 15 Developer Preview 2 contains new icons for the status bar. As you can see in the images below, instead of icons with a smooth, flowing design and a completely white or black color scheme in Android 14, the new version of the OS has icons that have a segmented design and a white and grey color scheme. As you might have already noticed, these icons look a lot like the ones that Samsung offers with One UI.

Additionally, the battery icon is now horizontal instead of vertical, which allows Google to place the battery percentage inside the icon. Unfortunately, these icons are not live by default, and the author had to activate them manually. Google might make the new icons the default ones with the next beta version of the OS and eventually bring them to the stable version of the OS. However, nothing can be said for sure.

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Google Maps switches from custom to native share sheet

Following Chrome last year and Photos a few months ago on Android 14, Google Maps is the latest first-party app to drop its custom share sheet and switch to the native version.

While the previous version made use of a sheet, it was basically a fullscreen UI with “Share” and a close button at the very top, while your profile picture, name, and email address appeared as part of a “Sharing as” indicator in the corner.

The sheet let you quickly “Type a name, phone number, or email” and that was followed by a carousel of Suggestions. App shortcuts appeared next, including Copy to clipboard and More to access other apps.

The new version on Android 14+ brings up the system Share sheet. The link preview is richer with the place name and even an image. You then get Direct Share contacts and the app grid, with “Maps: Add to list” appearing first. 

Meanwhile, Google Maps had added a more prominent share button on fully open listings. It appears next to the search icon and is much faster to access than scrolling the Directions, Start, Call, Save, etc. carousel.

We’re the Android 14 share sheet on version 11.122.x of Google Maps today.

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Gemini will soon be added to the Google app on Android

What you need to know

  • After debuting the standalone Gemini app for Android, Google chose to incorporate the AI chatbot into the regular Google app on iOS instead.
  • Now, Google is testing making the Google app for Android work like the iOS version. 
  • The change brings a toggle for users to switch between Google Search and Gemini easily, streamlining the experience. 

Google rolled out its artificial intelligence chatbot in a few different ways, starting with Bard and eventually rebranding to Gemini. However, even after switching to Gemini, the chatbot still appeared on iOS and Android in different ways. Android users got a Gemini app that could replace the Google Assistant on their flagship phones, and iPhone users gained access to Gemini through the existing Google app. Now, a leaked version of the Google app aims to bring similar functionality to Android. 

Android tipster AssembleDebug on X discovered an unreleased toggle in the Google app for Android that allows users to switch between Google Search and Gemini. This functionality isn’t available publicly yet, but AssembleDebug presumably got it working after flipping a few developer flags. In a video shared with PiunikaWeb, we can see how the Google app for Android might look in a future update after gaining native support for Gemini.

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After opening the Google app, users will still be greeted with the main Google Search tab by default. This is also known as the “Discover” feed, which suggests articles and content from the web. At the top center of the screen, there will be a new toggle that can switch between Google Search and Gemini. This broadly changes whether user

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