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Every fall, the latest Google Camera features debut on the flagship Pixel before rolling out to older phones. Version 8.4 of Camera now looks to be rolling out to older Google devices with changes that first debuted on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.

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Google Camera Stories August 11

The latest version of the Google Camera app suggests that the Pixel 6 series will use a 50 megapixel sensor made by Samsung.

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Google Camera Stories July 15

Despite the numerous leaks, there are still quite a few things we don’t know about the upcoming Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. The latest Google Camera update offers some insight into the Pixel 6 series specs, including screen resolution, flash for the selfie camera, and more.

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Google Camera Stories July 14

The latest Android 12 Beta for Pixels includes an update to Google Camera 8.3, which now supports Material You colors with some UI tweaks to match.

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Google Camera Stories June 8

This quarter’s Pixel Feature Drop is primarily focused on camera features from Night Sight video to the Locked Folder. Google Camera 8.2.400 with astrophotography time lapse is still rolling out via the Play Store, but you can also download the new version immediately.

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Google Camera Stories June 3

Ahead of the June Pixel Feature Drop, code in the Pixel Tips app points to Google Camera’s astrophotography potentially getting upgraded to offer time lapse video.

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Google Camera Stories April 23

Google detailed the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G’s HDR+ with bracketing advancements in a research blog post today. As part of that, the company linked to a gallery demonstrating the camera technology and one of those shots includes a photo taken by the Pixel 5a 5G.

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Besides an ultrawide lens, the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G added HDR+ with Bracketing to improve image quality in shadows, among other benefits. Google today detailed the technology behind that new capability while also revealing that the Pixel 4 and 4a now use bracketing in Night Sight.

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Google Camera Stories March 9

Over the weekend, Google rolled out an update to their Pixel series’ Camera app, and in it our team has discovered some interesting tidbits about the likely Pixel 6 and Pixel 5a, particularly about the front-facing cameras used on the two phones.

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Google Camera Stories March 6

The latest update to the Pixel series Google Camera app, version 8.2, has begun rolling out, bringing an improved experience for taking videos with a long-press of the shutter button.

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Google Camera Stories March 1

With the March Feature Drop, Google announced that Pixel owners can access all of their phone’s camera features underwater when using a scuba diving case. Besides needing to get a third-party accessory, a “Dive Case Connector for Google Camera” app was released today.

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Google Camera Stories February 8

Ahead of the launch of the Pixel 5, the Google Camera and Google Recorder apps, among others, became unable to be sideloaded due to verification errors. Thankfully, a solution — if, perhaps, a temporary one — has been discovered.

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Google Camera Stories February 3

[Update: Restored] WhatsApp drops support for Google Camera’s Social Share shortcut

With the Pixel 4 in October of 2019, Google Camera added a convenient feature that lets you quickly share your last photo or video to another app. An update to WhatsApp for Android this week prevents the Facebook-owned service from working with Social Share in Google Camera.

Google Camera Stories January 29

Google Camera 8 introduced a new way to quickly access the zoom slider

The Pixel 5 and 4a 5G launched with a redesigned Camera app that later made its way to other phones. One of the Pixel UI tweaks to Google Camera 8.0 is a new way to access full zoom controls outside of the preset increments.

Google Camera Stories January 27

With the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G, Google introduced Auto Night Sight so that the signature feature can be accessed without having to explicitly enter the low-light mode. Some people found the automatic nature frustrating, and a new version of Google Camera this week addresses it.

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Google Camera Stories December 26, 2020

An ultrawide lens is the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G’s distinguishing camera hardware addition, and at launch, it could be used to take wide astrophotography shots. With Google Camera 8.1 in November, that capability was quietly removed.

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Google Camera Stories November 12, 2020

Coinciding with the launch of the Pixel 5, the Google Camera app got an update to version 8.0, bringing a clean redesign to the app. Today, Google Camera 8.1 has begun rolling out, bringing that same design to older Pixel phones.

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Google Camera Stories October 14, 2020

The Google Pixel 5 has reached reviewers and will soon be landing in the hands of customers around the world, bringing with it a new update to the Google Camera app. Luckily, it’s possible to install Google Camera 8.0 on older Pixel phones, but it’s not as easy as one would hope.

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Google Camera Stories October 1, 2020

When Digital Wellbeing launched, it was initially used to manage how often people use their phones. However, it broadly applies to other aspects of life and technology. Google is now bringing Digital Wellbeing to the concept of face retouching in camera and photo apps, starting on the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G.

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Google Camera Stories August 24, 2020

Since 2017, the Google Camera app has been home to fun AR stickers that let you liven up photos and videos. Later rebranded to Playground, Google is dropping support for these Playmoji characters on future Pixel devices, starting with the Pixel 4a. 

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Google Camera Stories August 22, 2020

It emerged this week that the latest Google Camera app introduces a new, simplified “PXL” file naming scheme. Google Camera 7.5 is also responsible for Pixel Portrait images no longer being stored in individual folders.

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Google Camera Stories August 20, 2020

The latest version of the Pixel camera app started rolling out in late July and is now widely available for those on Android 11. Google Camera 7.5 is currently light on user-facing features, but does introduce a new “PXL” naming convention for photos and videos.

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Google Camera Stories July 29, 2020

Late this evening, an update to version 7.5 of the Google Camera app arrived for some on the Android 11 Beta. Within the update, we’ve found that Google is getting new Camera features ready and preparing for their upcoming generation of Pixels phones.

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Google Camera Stories June 19, 2020

The strength of Google’s Pixel lineup comes from its camera, but a lot of that skill comes simply from software optimization. For a while, developers have been porting the Google Camera app and some of its smarts to other phones, including the OnePlus 8 series. Now, that port is getting a huge upgrade on that hardware.

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Google Camera Stories June 4, 2020

Google’s Pixel smartphones are getting a new camera update today with Google Camera 7.4. The update doesn’t change a whole lot on the surface, though, outside of a tweak to video recording.

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Google Camera Stories March 13, 2020

While we’ve been spending a lot of time lately learning about the swiftly approaching Pixel 4a, it’s not too early to start thinking about this fall’s Google Pixel 5. The Google Camera app has actually indirectly confirmed some specs for the Pixel 5 and Pixel 5 XL, which point to them not being “flagship” phones.

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Google Camera Stories March 12, 2020

While the Google Pixel 4 has had its share of successes and failures, it seemed very disappointing for a phone that prides itself on its camera to not offer recording videos in 4k at 60 frames per second. Thankfully, according to a leaked version of the Camera app, Google is getting ready to bring 4K 60fps recording to Pixel phones, as well the possibility of a telephoto lens on the midrange Pixel 4a.

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Google Camera Stories January 24, 2020

Google Camera 7.3 is rolling out this evening with some minor tweaks to the app. More notable is how this latest version hints at 24FPS video recording and the upcoming “mid-range” Pixel 4a.

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Google Camera Stories November 13, 2019

For previous generation Pixel phones, the last major Camera update was in August and saw Night Sight elevated to the main interface. Google Camera 7.2 — which first rolled out on the Pixel 4 — is now coming to older Pixel devices via the Play Store.

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Google Camera Stories November 11, 2019

Pixel 4’s camera can do a lot, but one of the most interesting new features is its ability to adjust the white balance of a photo to make things look more natural. It’s a great idea in theory, but as some users have pointed out, the camera on the Pixel 4 and its white-balance “fix” can sometimes throw off the colors of a photo quite dramatically.

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Google Camera 7.2 on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 4 has quietly added some Lens features, including the ability to scan documents, copy text, and translate languages.

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Google Camera Stories October 23, 2019

Download Google Camera 7.2 with Pixel 4 and font size tweaks

There have been a flurry of Google Camera developments over the past few months, from Night Sight’s elevation in the main interface, to 7.0’s big visual revamp. Following the Pixel 4’s launch, Google Camera 7.2 is rolling out with a handful of tweaks.

Ahead of the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL’s official launch tomorrow, Google Camera 7.2 is beginning to roll out. There are a handful of minor day one tweaks to the client, including the ability to enable H.265/HEVC video recording on the new phones, while the app now respects system font size preferences.

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Google Camera Stories October 10, 2019

Just over a week ahead of the Google Pixel 4 launch, we’ve obtained what will likely be the official version of the Google Camera app to launch on the new phone. Google Camera version 7.1 preps the previously seen “Dual Exposure” controls, adds info on the downsides of saving depth data on the Google Pixel 4, and the exact apps compatible with “Social Share.”

Update 10/10: Another new feature, “Frequent Faces,” has been uncovered in an unexpected place.

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Google Camera Stories October 7, 2019

An early Camera version from the Pixel 4 leaked last month. While it provided a new UI, the experience was quite buggy and not too stable. Download Google Camera 7.1 to address performance issues, and get Social Share and video recording shortcuts.

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Back in September, the Camera app found on the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL leaked. We now have access to Google Camera 7.1, which should be a near-final version ahead of next week’s announcement at Made by Google 2019.

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Google Camera Stories October 2, 2019

We’ve learned so much over the past few months about updates to the camera on the Google Pixel 4, including a recent tidbit about the existence of a “Pixel Neural Core.” We’ve now learned that the Google Pixel 4 will offer “Dual Exposure Camera Controls” to help you take the perfect shot, regardless of lighting.

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The Google Pixel 4 is now less than two weeks from being properly unveiled at the 10/15 Made by Google Event, but the leaks just keep rolling in. We can now exclusively show you some official, full-resolution camera samples that Google plans to use to promote the Google Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL.

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Google Camera Stories September 14, 2019

Earlier this month, we revealed that Night Sight on the Pixel 4 would be faster and also allow for astrophotography. A leaked Google promo has since collaborated that functionality, and yesterday’s Google Camera 7.0 leak provides an early preview of those Night Sight capabilities.

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Google Camera Stories September 13, 2019

The Google Pixel 4 continues to bare all this week, as an internal “dogfood” build of the Google Camera app has leaked out into the wild. This version of Google Camera 7.0 confirms our report of a Motion Blur mode, prepares new AR-based features for Photobooth mode, and more.

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Android 10 last week already included a new version of Google Camera that elevated Night Sight into the main interface. The Pixel 4 will introduce a more significant redesign that’s likely also coming to older Pixel phones, but you can download an early version of Google Camera 7.0 now.

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One thing Pixel 4 leaks from the past week have consistently shown off is a new camera UI. We’ve gotten access to Google Camera 7.0 with all these changes, and overall they make for a good usability and simplicity upgrade.

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Google Camera Stories September 6, 2019

According to a reliable source, ‘Motion Mode,’ which allows users to take high quality action shots, will be one of the Google Pixel 4’s headline camera features. The new smartphone from Google will also tout improvements to the renowned Night Sight mode…

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Google Camera Stories September 2, 2019

Google Camera ‘Smart Burst’ replaced by ‘Top Shot’ on Pixel 3

Google Camera 6.3 notably elevates Night Sight to the main interface but also removes manual white balance controls. According to the official release notes, this update also deprecates “Smart Burst” in favor of “Top Shot.”

Google Camera Stories August 28, 2019

[Update: Play Store] New Google Camera 6.3 version requires Android 10

The last major update to Google Camera elevated Night Sight to the main interface and made a number of other tweaks. It officially began rolling out with Android Q Beta 6, and should be available for all Pixel phones when Android 10 launches. Ahead of that, a new version of Google Camera requires the latest OS.

Google Camera Stories August 7, 2019

Last month, we had hands-on with a leaked build of Android Q that added back gesture sensitivity settings and a new version of Google Camera that elevated Night Sight to the main UI. Android Q Beta 6 today includes Google Camera 6.3 and all the other tweaks.

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Google Camera Stories July 26, 2019

Latest Google Camera update breaks taking pictures with Assistant commands

Google Camera is due for a big upgrade that elevates Night Sight to the main interface. That version will likely launch with a future Android Q release, but until then, a minor 6.2 update rolled out earlier this week. There are no visible changes, but the new Google Camera breaks Assistant’s “Hey Google, take a picture” command.

Google Camera Stories July 5, 2019

Since the initial leak of a new version of the Google Camera app, the floodgates have opened, revealing the app’s numerous new features. The latest discovery in the Google Camera app is the possibility that the Pixel 4 may have a rear telephoto lens.

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