Besides revealing a key change to gestural navigation in an upcoming Android Q release, we detailed new features in Google Camera 6.3, which you can download now. Night Sight is a central part of the app, while white balance modes have been removed. Our APK Insight also revealed a “McFly mode” and Pixel 4 support.
Version 6.3 of Google Camera elevates Night Sight to the app’s main interface. Replacing Panorama, it’s much faster to access one of the best features on Pixel phones. The low-light shooting mode is now two swipes to the right or a quick tap in the carousel of camera modes.
Night Sight is no longer buried in the “More” tab, while Google Camera will still pop-up suggestions when scenes are dark. The next biggest change is the removal of color temperature controls. With most users sticking to auto white balance in the past, it’s likely not a big lost. For the full list of tweaks, be sure to check out our full hands-on gallery.
Meanwhile, a teardown of this new version reveals an in-development “McFly” mode that’s likely for rewinding video or even possibly Motion Photos. Google often has fun names for camera features, with this one obviously being a Back to the Future reference.
With the Pixel 3 featuring two front-facing cameras, selfies are clearly important to smartphone buyers in Google’s mind. Camera 6.3 takes that a step further with built-in photography tips. Lastly, we found evidence of Pixel 4 support with this release.
How to download?
While included in a build of Android Q, Camera 6.3 fully works on Android 9 Pie. We successfully installed it on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3a. Google could choose to make this update available with a future Android Q version or just release it via the Play Store.
Dylan Roussel contributed to this article