The new and improved version of this app was shown off at Made by Google last week, but it's not a Pixel 8 exclusive. You can get the app on the Pixel 5 or later models, although unfortunately the Pixel Fold is excluded for now.
At its heart, the Magnifier app is a way to zoom in or out (between 0.5x and 8x) and take photos of things you can't easily see. These images don't get saved to your gallery though, which stops you from filling up your phone storage with images you likely won't need to keep for very long.
New to this version of the app is a low-light mode and an adjustable flashlight so you can use as much or as little extra light as you need to help you see what's going on. This is great if you're somewhere dark and don't want to blind yourself or others when trying to read something.
There are now also 11 different color filters to make things easier to see. In the settings, you can select which ones appear in the main app interface, giving you quick access to only the ones that help you.
You also get contrast and brightness controls in the same menu, letting you tailor your view further, a lot like editing a photo.
If you think all that isn't smart enough, then there's also Google Lens built into the app, allowing you to search for things related to what's in front of you.
With these upgrades, Magnifier seems even more fantastic for making Pixel phones accessible. It's a shame this app isn't available on more Android phones. Hopefully, this encourages more phone makers to follow Google's lead and make their equivalent apps just as fully featured.
If you're interested in Google's new phone, Pixel 8 preorders are available until October 12 if you want to try to get yourself a discount or free gift with the handset. You can also have a look at our Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro hands-on reviews to see our initial thoughts on these phones before our full reviews come in.