Hidden icon found in Google Camera update suggests the foldable Pixel is back in the game

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The Google Pixel Fold/Notepad on-off-again saga seems to be back on track thanks to a clue in the recent Google Camera 8.6 update. that update consisted mainly of material tweaks to the user interface that included some of the round buttons in the modes tab in a large gray rectangular box. The buttons now change their color to match the main hue of the wallpaper being used by the user, part of the Dynamic Color feature.
But the boys from 9to5 Google dived into the update and discovered a new mode codenamed “Jupiter”. This mode has a button to the left of the Switch Camera button which is used when a Pixel user wants to switch from taking photos and videos with the rear camera array to using the front camera for photos and video.

But the big news here is the icon for this feature that shows what looks like a foldable phone (fold on the dotted line) with an arrow indicating the movement needed to close the device. What else could we possibly think of here other than seeing this as a sign that the Pixel Fold or Notepad is still alive?

Nothing 9to5Google has found reveals what the “Jupiter” button does, except Hide the Switch Cameras button when tapped. That seems to indicate that the “Jupiter” mode is one that only works with the rear or front-facing cameras, as it obscures the ability to switch the camera in use. Another possibility is that the mode shows previews of both cameras at the same time.

The Pixel Fold/Notepad could be back in the game. The phone was expected to be powered by Google’s own Tensor chipset and have an internal 5.85-inch display. As a result, the foldable Pixel could resemble the foldable Oppo Find N with its smaller internal display, rather than the Galaxy Z Fold 4, which could have a much larger 7.6-inch screen. We don’t want to forget that the rear camera array on the Pixel Fold/Notepad would feature the same 12.2MP primary camera and the 16MP ultra-wide camera used on the Pixel 5 flagship.

So are we in for a surprise in October? Shall Google conjures a rabbit out of its hat at the unveiling of the Pixel 7 series? If you’re hoping for a foldable Pixel, keep your fingers crossed.

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