Yesterday, we disseminated the news that some buried code discovered by 9to5Google in the recently updated version 8.5 of the Google Camera app revealed that the vehicle crash detection technology that is exclusive to the Pixel will soon be available on other Android phones as well. According to 9to5Google’s report from today, the front-facing cameras of the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro will both be capable of recording 4K video, as shown by the Google Camera 8.5 app.
The only model in the Pixel 6 line that can record front-facing video in 4K resolution is the Pixel 6 Pro. This capability is only available on the 2021 variants of the Pixel 6 line. The premium edition comes with a front-facing 11.1MP sensor, but the Pixel 6 just has an 8MP front-facing sensor but still offers full high-definition video. Code found in version 8.5 of the Google Camera app hints that the front-facing sensor included on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro may be identical to the sensor found on the Pixel 6 Pro.
Google Camera app 8.5 reveals a change coming to the Pixel 7
The most recent update to the Camera app makes reference to a “p21 front setup” for both the Pixel 7 and the Pixel 7 Pro. This is the same terminology that was utilised for the Pixel 6 Pro.
The Google Pixel tablet, which was discussed at the Google I/O event that took place a month ago, disclosed that the tablet, which is rumoured to be released in 2023, will only feature one camera on the back of the device. According to version 8.5 of the Google Camera app, it appears that the tablet may not allow capturing 4K video at 60 frames per second. There is additional evidence suggesting that the Google Pixel tablet may not be capable of playing any 4K video at all.
In addition, the Camera app gives the impression that certain Pixel smartphone photo features, such as Audio Zoom, Slow Motion films, and Action Pan images, may not be available on the Pixel tablet in order to keep the price of the tablet from increasing. When you use Audio Zoom, an item that you are zooming in on becomes louder while simultaneously reducing the amount of background noise as you move closer to the target. Action Pan is a type of panning shot that concentrates the camera’s attention on a moving thing in the foreground while blurring the surrounding area.
There is still a significant amount of time left “on the clock,” which prevents Google from being prevented from making adjustments to the photographic functions that it will offer with the Pixel tablet. It might seem a little unusual that Google would remove photographic features from its first Pixel Android tablet in order to create and expand the Pixel ecosystem. However, this is exactly what has happened. After all, photography has been one of the most prominent features of Pixel products ever since the launch of the very first Pixel phones in the year 2016.
It’s possible that Google doesn’t believe that it needs to utilise AI-powered camera tricks in order to market the Pixel tablet to the general public. However, it is a distinct possibility that the business is going to follow the same strategy it did with the initial Pixel smartphones. The original Pixel phones only had an IP rating of 53, which meant that they were protected against small amounts of dust and from water spray at angles that were less than 60 degrees from vertical.
The Google Pixel 6 series was the first device to use the company’s in-house system on a chip (SoC), which is called the Google Tensor. Because of the chip, Google was able to implement features like the Magic Eraser, which can eliminate undesired objects from images. The tensor chip allows for the implementation of additional features such as Action Pan and Real Tone. Additionally, some of Pixel’s more established features, such as Night Sight, are improved because of this component.