Pixel 8 Introduces Circle to Search Feature

Google‘s Circle to Search feature, announced back in January, is now rolling out. It’s available on the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. Got one of those? You’re in for a treat.

This feature is a game-changer. It lets you circle anything on your screen to search for it. No matter what you’re doing on your phone, it works. Circle something, and Google whips up a box around it. Then, like magic, search results slide up from the bottom.

Oh, and there’s this neat thing. Circle to Search on the Pixel 8 makes searching for anything super easy and intuitive. Imagine you’re in a grocery store, puzzled over a product. Just snap a pic, circle the item on your screen, and voilà – info at your fingertips. Activating it? Piece of cake.

You’ve got two ways to activate it. If you’re all about gesture navigation, long press the nav handle. More of a three-button navigation fan? Long press the home button. Either way, you get to the Circle to Search overlay. Circle, tap, or even draw a line over what you’re curious about. It’s that flexible.

But wait, there’s more. Not happy with the search results? Adjust the search box size or drag it around. You can even highlight text by tapping or drawing a line over it. And if you want to peek at something else on the page, just use two fingers to scroll. Neat, right?

This feature started rolling out to Pixel 8 devices on January 31. So, there’s a good chance it’s already waiting for you. But, Google likes to keep us on our toes, rolling things out in waves. So, if it’s not there yet, don’t sweat it.

And hey, while we’re at it, have you seen the image slider with snaps of Circle to Search in action? It’s pretty cool. Gives you a real feel for how it works. Just thought you might wanna check it out.

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