Google Camera 8.6 is gearing up for foldable Pixel, more
Just in time for the launch of the Pixel 6a, Google released a new update for the Pixel series Camera app, which includes early work on a new mode for foldables, as well as preparation to offer guidance. of taking selfies.
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“Jupiter” for Pixel foldables
For years we’ve been following the development progress of Google’s first foldable Android phone, which we previously revealed could be called the “Pixel Notepad”. Although this device has been delayed several times, it is certainly still in development.
With Camera 8.6, we have our best proof of Google’s continued bendable pixel efforts yet, thanks to the inclusion of a new mode codenamed “Jupiter”. On devices where it’s available, Jupiter will be accessible via a button to the left of the Switch Camera button.
What really makes the feature interesting is its icon. It appears to feature a foldable phone split down the center by a dotted line with an arrow running from back to front. Check it out:
Unfortunately, nothing in Jupiter’s current code gives us a very clear picture of what the new mode is supposed to do. The only other detail we could uncover is that enabling Jupiter on your foldable will hide the Switch Camera button.
One possibility is that it’s just a mode that only works with one camera, presumably the rear-facing one, removing the need for that particular button. Another idea is that since foldables have a larger screen, Jupiter mode could display both the front and rear cameras simultaneously.
A more practical idea is that the icon could represent flipping the Pixel notebook to use the nicer rear-facing camera to take a higher quality selfie than would normally be possible. In this case, the camera’s viewfinder would presumably be visible on the smaller exterior screen.
Either way, it’s clear that Google is still getting closer to releasing its first foldable Pixel, readying new camera features and techniques that are only possible on this form factor.
Tips for hotshot selfies
A simpler addition to Google Camera 8.6 is “Hotshot,” which is explained as a way to improve the way we take selfies with our Pixel phones. Specifically, it looks like 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 tips
The included icon shows the outline of a person, perfectly centered within the frame of a smartphone.
The mentioned “audio and haptic feedback” probably refers to a slight alert that the photo you framed should look great and is ready to be captured. As for the “visual” feedback, it looks like it could be some kind of frame, offering a suggestion of where your face should appear in the shot.
So far, Google Camera tricks for selfies are limited to suggestions, like raising your camera to get a better angle for your face. Hotshot seems to go further with these recommendations while leaving them optional. At this time, Hotshot does not appear to be live in the Google Camera app.
“Amber” and “Amethyst”
Google Camera 8.6 also includes preparations for two more modes/settings, named “Amber” and “Amethyst”. Unfortunately, the information is a little limited at the moment, leaving us only to speculate on what it might mean for the future of Pixel photography.
From what we can piece together, Amber is a new mode for taking videos with your Pixel device. Like the “Active” stabilization offered on the Pixel 6, Amber will be limited to recording at 1080p and 30 frames per second, rather than the full 4K/60 recording that some Pixels are capable of.
Switch to orange mode
Meanwhile, Amethyst appears to be a toggle in the quick settings available above the Google Camera viewfinder. The only other clue we have is that amethyst is represented by a light bulb icon.
Pixel 7 information
In the previous Google Camera app update, version 8.5, our team found a variety of goodies that offered new insights into the photography and videography features of the Pixel 7 series and the Pixel tablet. next year. However, it should be noted that Google has now removed all unpublished device information from the Google Camera app.
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