Tuesday, December 1

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Google’s Pixel 5 camera app starts rolling out to older Pixel devices

Google is beginning to roll out version 8.1 of its Google Camera app on Pixel phones, giving users of older devices some of the features of the new Pixel 5. Version 8.0 of the app was only available to Pixel 5 users, but 9to5Google reports that version 8.1 can work on devices as old as the Pixel 2 and 2 XL. Although the application update is not a total update, some aspects such as the bottom bar have been redesigned. New additions to the app include the 'Audio Zoom' feature, which reduces background noise. There are also new quick one-touch zoom settings. Another addition is the 'Cinematic Pan' video recording feature which smoothes out panoramic shots, however this is only added to Pixel 4 and 4XL. You may need to wait a whi...
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The new Google Pixel phone will disable face retouching by default

When Google's Digital Wellbeing feature was first rolled out, it was essentially a tool to monitor which apps you spent all the time using and block them if you used them for too long. However, since then, Google has expanded Digital Wellbeing to become one more tool to help people have healthier relationships with technology. With that in mind, Google's latest digital wellness tweak makes perfect sense. The company says that its newest smartphones, the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G, will disable face-retouching features in the camera by default. Additionally, an update to the Google Camera app will add "worthless descriptive icons and labels" to face retouching features. Google say that more than 70 percent of photos taken with Android use the front camera, while t...
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Google Camera Update for Android 11 changes the way pixels name image files

Google will tweak the way Pixel smartphones name their image files in Android 11, which could make it easier to see at a glance where an image is coming from but mess up user file systems. As seen by Android Police, Google updated its Camera app to version 7.5, currently only available on devices running Android 11 Beta, with a new photo naming scheme. Google Camera ditches the traditional 'IMG' name for 'PXL' filenames instead. It is important to note that this does not affect the actual file type, only the image file name. That means that for example instead of 'IMG_12345678_123456.jpg' you might have a photo with the file name 'PXL_12345678_123456.jpg'. Also, some file names will add extra details, such as' .NIGHT 'or .'Portr...
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Google leaked document suggests upcoming Pixel 5a, folding Pixel, and more

A new leaked document suggests that Google is working on Android builds for the Pixel 5a, a foldable Pixel, and at least two other devices of its own, which could be the Pixel 6 series. As seen by 9to5GoogleThe document lists the Android builds for all Pixel phones publicly released from Pixel 2 up to Pixel 4a. It also mentions Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5, which Google has mocked but has not officially revealed. In addition to that, the document refers to the Pixel 5a still to be announced, which appears to have the code name 'barbette'. There are three other devices in development included in the document with the code names 'crow', 'oriole' and 'passport'. Finally, the document notes that code names may differ from those used in t...
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Former Googler Marc Levoy joins Adobe to work on universal camera app

Marc Levoy, the researcher responsible for the excellent camera used in the Google Pixel phones, has joined Adobe. According to The Verge, Adobe says Levoy will build a ‘universal camera app.’ It’s not immediately clear what this means — The Verge suggested it could refer to an app platform that companies like Facebook or Snapchat could leverage to make their camera apps. Alternatively, it could refer to an app or software that works across say, a smartphone camera and DSLR. Adobe wasn’t able to define the term for The Verge. Levoy will work on computational photography initiatives across Adobe. Adobe told The Verge that Levoy would work with the Photoshop Camera, Adobe Research and Sensei AI teams in an email statement. Before Ado...
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Google testing new Assistant design with Pixel 4 ‘light bar’ on other Android phones

The Pixel 4 series ushered in a revamped, on-device Google Assistant with faster response times and greater capabilities than before. That Assistant update also came with a refreshed design sporting a ‘light bar’ that indicates whether Assistant is listening to users. While the revamped Assistant hasn’t come to other phones yet, 9to5Google reports that the search giant is testing a new Assistant design with the light bar on some Pixel and non-Pixel phones. The changes appear to be mostly aesthetic and bring Assistant on other phones in-line with what the Pixel 4 is doing. Currently, when you activate Google Assistant on an Android phone, it opens a white or grey panel (depending on if you’re in dark mode). This panel shows a contro...
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Google Pixel Buds Now Available in Canada for $239 CAD

Google Pixel Buds are now available to buy in Canada after a considerable delay. A new post on Google’s Official Canada Blog explains that users in Canada, the UK, Australia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Singapore, and Spain are among those who can get their hands on the earbuds from the Google Store. Color availability varies by territory for the time being. You’ll only be able to pick them up in white in most countries for now, but people in Canada and the UK can opt for a black facade — Canadians can snag the mint version, as well. Google said in a tweet that more colours are on the way next month. All four colors are on display on the US Google Store, but you can’t actually buy the orange, mint, and black models right now, only join a waitlist to be notified when they ...