The Google Pixel 8 Pro has gained the ability to measure body temperature, a feature that was initially announced but unavailable at launch due to pending FDA approval. This approval has now been granted, and the latest feature drop includes this “medical-grade feature.”
Users can scan their foreheads using the pre-installed thermometer app, and the temperature data will be saved to their Fitbit profile. This provides health-conscious users with an additional layer of information. However, it’s important to note that this feature is exclusive to the Pixel 8 Pro.
The Pixel 8 Pro reportedly utilizes the Melexis MLX90632 temperature sensor, which can detect heat up to 392°F (200°C) and cold as low as -4°F (-20°C) by measuring infrared radiation.
According to a Reddit user, the thermal infrared sensor may encounter difficulties reading from shiny or reflective surfaces, in high humidity, or when there are other sources of interference. However, it is possible that Google has taken steps to address these issues since the Pixel 8 Pro’s release.
This is the first time Google has incorporated a temperature sensor into its Pixel lineup. Google highlights various practical applications for this feature, such as checking the temperature of baby food, pets, bathwater, and cooked food, as well as detecting overheating devices.
Time will tell whether the temperature sensor will prove to be a valuable health tool or merely a gimmick. It remains to be seen if other devices will adopt this feature or if it will eventually join the ranks of discontinued Google products.