Google Camera app set to get a makeover ahead of Pixel 8 series launch

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  • Google Camera app is reportedly getting a UI overhaul
  • The new app layout has some noticeable changes like swapped buttons and more
  • The updated app expected to launch on the Pixel 8 & Pixel 8 Pro

As the launch of the Pixel series approaches, Google is adhering to its tradition of enhancing the Google Camera app with fresh features and a revamped layout.

According to a report by Android Authority, Google is currently in the process of giving the Google Camera app a comprehensive makeover, with a clear emphasis on optimizing user interaction by relocating controls to the lower portion of the screen.

Google Camera app gets a new layout and features

Notable alterations are evident within the app’s interface which are evident from the leaked screenshots of the app. The most prominent change is the distinct separation of the Photo and Video modes. The settings tab, previously situated at the top, has been repositioned to the lower-left corner of the display. A dedicated toggle placed at the bottom of the app provides users the option to seamlessly switch between capturing still images and recording videos.

Furthermore, the switch that toggles between the front-facing and rear cameras has swapped places with the final photo preview, which also serves as a shortcut to the Gallery. This adjustment aligns the layout with the convention followed by most Android camera apps from various manufacturers. However, this shift might require some adjustment time for users familiar with Pixel devices. The zoom switcher is now positioned above, while the various sliders retain their positions along the left and right edges.

To enhance the experience even further, Google is also said to be introducing a new feature known as ‘Staggered HDR’. This feature streamlines frame capture with reduced time intervals between frames. Another feature in development is the Adaptive Torch, which allows the software to dynamically adjust flash intensity based on the lighting conditions. Additionally, the Segmentation AWB functionality is being incorporated to apply distinct processing to different regions of an image, enhancing its realism.

Google Pixel 8 series camera specifications (expected)

The Google Pixel 8 is rumored to pack a dual camera setup on the rear consisting of a 50MP primary sensor coupled with a 12MP secondary sensor and a Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor. For selfies and video calls, an 11MP front camera is expected on the front. On the other hand, the Pixel 8 Pro is expected to pack a 50MP primary camera with optical image stabilization (OIS), complemented by a 64MP ultrawide lens and a 48MP 3X telephoto lens. The front camera setup for the Pixel 8 Pro is also anticipated to pack an 11MP sensor.

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