Google Camera v8.6 update seemingly references rumored Pixel foldable

Admin, Friday, July 29, 2022
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What you need to know

  • Google Camera version 8.6 was launched along with the Pixel 6a.
  • Unpacking the APK file reveals that development in Pixel Notepad is ongoing.
  • A new camera mode has been discovered, codenamed Jupiter, but it’s not clear what the purpose of this feature is.

It’s an exciting day for Pixel fans, as the Pixel 6a and Pixel Buds Pro are officially on sale and available from some of your favorite retailers. Besides releasing these new Pixel products, Google is also pushing some new software updates with them.

A day-first update is available for new Pixel 6a owners, which includes the August security patch and potential bug fixes. But Google also released version 8.6 of the Google Camera app. Unlike the software for Pixel 6a, Google Camera v8.6 is available to all Pixel owners, and according to 9to5GoogleIt offers more than just a few bug fixes.

Before we delve into the “exciting” things found, version 8.6 of the Google Camera app adds a new “Hotshot” feature that will “use visual, audio, and tactile feedback to provide guidance on selfies.” The accompanying avatar shows a person perfectly positioned in the middle of the phone, but it’s not entirely clear how the feature will look once it’s available.

(Image credit: 9to5Google)

9to5Google notes that different types of comments “likely give a nice caveat that the shot you’ve framed should look great and ready to take.” But at the time of this writing, we’ve checked to see if Hotshot is available in the latest Google Camera update on our Pixel 6 Pro, and it still hasn’t.

Even more exciting than helping you take properly aligned selfies is pointing out another new pose that comes with the codename ‘Jupiter’. This in itself is not so surprising, as Google regularly tests various features that never end up showing up. But what makes this so intriguing is the accompanying icon that goes with it.

(Image credit: 9to5Google)

The icon is fairly basic in itself, but it shows a device that folds in half, with a winding arrow coming from the back of the device. The “Jupiter” is likely meant for a feature similar to the Cover Screen Preview function offered by the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3. This allows you to see a preview of the image while using the very superior rear cameras instead of a selfie camera under the screen.

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