Just in time for the launch of the Pixel 6a, Google has released a new update for the Pixel series camera app, which includes initial work on a new mode for foldable devices and preparations for selfie shots.
About APK Insight: In this APK Insight post, we have decompiled the latest version of an application that Google has uploaded to the Play Store. If we decompile these files (called APKs for Android apps), we can see different lines of code within this hint to possible future features. Keep in mind that Google may or may not ever ship these features, and our interpretation of what they are may not be perfect. However, we will try to enable those that are nearing completion to show you what they will look like should they ship. With that in mind, read on.
“Jupiter” for pixel foldables
For years we’ve been following the progress of Google’s first foldable Android phone, which we previously announced could be called the Pixel Notepad. Although this device has been delayed multiple times, it is certainly still in development.
With Camera 8.6, we have our best demonstration yet of Google’s continued foldable Pixel efforts, thanks to the inclusion of a new mode codenamed “Jupiter.” On devices where it’s available, Jupiter is accessible via a button to the left of the Switch Camera button.
What really makes the feature so interesting is its icon. It appears to have a foldable phone divided down the middle by a dotted line with a back-to-front arrow. Listen:
Unfortunately, nothing in the current code for Jupiter gives us a very clear picture of what the new mode is intended to do. The only other detail we were able to uncover is that activating Jupiter on your foldable device hides the switch cameras button.
One possibility is that it’s simply a mode that only works with a single camera, presumably the rear-facing one, eliminating the need for that particular button. Another idea is that since foldable devices have larger screen real estate, Jupiter mode could display both front and rear cameras at the same time.
A more practical idea is that the icon could represent flipping the Pixel notepad to take a higher-quality selfie than it would normally be able to with the nicer, rear-facing camera. In this case, the camera viewfinder would probably be visible on the smaller, outer screen.
Whatever the case, it’s clear that Google is getting closer to releasing its first foldable Pixel, preparing for new camera features and tech that may only be possible with this form factor.
“Hotshot” selfie tips
A simpler addition to Google Camera 8.6 is that of “Hotshot,” which is being explained as a way to improve the way we take selfies with our Pixel phones. In particular, it appears to be an improvement on the existing “coaching” features in Google Camera, but with a focus on selfies.
Use visual, audio, and haptic feedback to provide selfie guidance
The included icon shows an outline of a person, perfectly centered in the frame of a smartphone.
The “audible and haptic feedback” mentioned probably refers to a gentle warning that the shot you’re making should look good and be ready to be captured. As for the “visual” feedback, it appears to be some sort of frame that makes a suggestion of where your face should appear in the shot.
As of today, Google Camera’s selfie tips are limited to suggestions, e.g. B. Elevating the camera to get a better angle for your face. Hotshot appears to be continuing these recommendations while still leaving them optional. At the moment, Hotshot doesn’t appear to be live in the Google Camera app.
“Amber” and “Amethyst”
Google Camera 8.6 also includes preparations for two more modes/settings codenamed “Amber” and “Amethyst”. Unfortunately, the information is somewhat limited at the moment, so we can only speculate as to what it could mean for the future of pixel photography.
From what we can piece together, Amber is a new mode for recording videos with your Pixel device. Like the “active” stabilization offered on the Pixel 6, Amber will be limited to 1080p 30fps recording, rather than the full 4K/60 recording that some Pixels are capable of.
Switch to amber mode
Meanwhile, Amethyst appears to be a toggle in the quick settings, available above Google Camera’s viewfinder. The only other clue we have is that Amethyst is represented with a lightbulb icon.
Pixel 7 treats
In the previous Google Camera app update, version 8.5, our team found a variety of tidbits that offer new insights into the photo and videography capabilities of the Pixel 7 series and next year’s Pixel tablet. However, it’s worth noting that Google has now removed all unreleased device information from the Google Camera app.
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