Google update adds a handy health feature to the Pixel 8 Pro

The Google Pixel 8 Pro is now able to measure body temperature. Previously the phone’s temperature sensor was only able to scan objects while Google awaited FDA approval for the body temperature functionality – that approval has now been granted.

The sensor was one of the features touted at the Pixel 8 Pro’s announcement back in October. But at the phone’s launch, the sensor could only take the temperature of objects not humans. Now, body temperature measurement is one of the new updates included in the latest feature drop, with Google referring to it as a “medical-grade feature”.

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Users can scan their foreheads using the pre-installed thermometer app, and the temperature data will then be saved to their Fitbit profile, adding an extra layer of information for health-conscious users. Just bear in mind the feature is only available on the Pixel 8 Pro. The update is being rolled out now, but it may be a few weeks before the update lands on your phone. 

The thermometer app in use on the Google Pixel 8 Pro

(Image credit: Google)

The Pixel 8 Pro is believed to use the Melexis MLX90632 temperature sensor, and Google states it can detect heat of up to 392F / 200C or as cold as -4F / -20C by measuring the infrared radiation emitted by the subject.

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