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Google Camera app leaks change in Pixel 7 selfie snapper

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Yesterday we passed the word that a hidden code found by 9to5Google in the recently updated Google Camera 8.5 app revealed that the Pixel car accident detection feature is coming to non-Pixel Android phones. Today, 9to5Google said that according to the Google Camera 8.5 app, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro front-facing cameras both support 4K shooting.

Google Camera app 8.5 reveals a change coming to the Pixel 7 camera later this year

The difference with the Pixel 6 line is that with the 2021 models, only the Pixel 6 Pro has the ability to record front-facing video in 4K. The premium model features an 11.1 megapixel front-facing sensor, while the Pixel 6 has an 8 megapixel front-facing sensor and delivers video in FHD. Code in the 8.5 version of the Google Camera app suggests that the front-facing sensor on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro may be the same sensor used on the Pixel 6 Pro.

Code in the latest version of the Camera app cites a “p21_front_setup” for both the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, which was used on the Pixel 6 Pro.

The Pixel tablet, which was mentioned at last month’s Google I/O event, revealed that the tablet, which is supposedly slated for a 2023 release, will have a single rear camera. Google Camera app 8.5 reveals that the tablet may not support 4K video recording at 60 frames per second. There is also some indication that the Pixel tablet may not support 4K video at all.

And to keep the price of the tablet low, the Camera app suggests that Pixel handset photo features like Audio Zoom, Slow Motion videos, and Action Pan photos may be missing from the Pixel tablet. With Audio Zoom, an item you zoom in becomes louder and background noise is reduced the closer you get to the subject. Action Pan locks focus on a moving subject in the foreground while blurring the background.

Google surprisingly seems to be removing camera features from the first Pixel tablet

Now this doesn’t stop Google from making changes to the photo features it will offer with the Pixel tablet; a lot of time remains “on the clock”. It seems a little odd that in creating and expanding the Pixel ecosystem, Google is removing photographic features for its first Pixel Android tablet. After all, photography has been an important Pixel feature since the release of the first Pixel phones in 2016.

Perhaps Google believes it doesn’t need to use AI-powered camera gimmicks to sell the Pixel tablet to the public. But it’s possible the company will repeat the game plan it used with the first Pixel handsets. The OG Pixels had an IP rating of only IP53, which protected the phone from limited amounts of dust and water spray less than 60 degrees from vertical.
It wasn’t until the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL were released with their IP67 rating that the Pixel series was water resistant. If Google follows the same path with the Google Pixel tablet, we could see improvements in the tablet’s photography system with the release of the Pixel Tablet 2.

Verizon subscribers can pick up the Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro

Google’s Pixel 6 series debuted with the company’s own SoC, the Google Tensor. The chip allowed Google to add features such as the Magic Eraser, which removes unwanted items in photos. Other features such as Action Pan and Real Tone are possible thanks to the Tensor chip. The component also improves on some older Pixel features, including Night Sight.

Night Sight allows Pixel users to capture visible photos in low-light environments without the use of flash. We should point out that the Pixel 7 series will be powered by the second-generation Google Tensor chipset, which should bring some more new computational photography features to users.

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