‘Hotshot’ selfie advice, a new option for the foldable Pixel, and more in Google Camera 8.6

Google has updated the Pixel series Camera app just in time for the debut of the Pixel 6as. This update includes preliminary work on a new foldable mode and plans to provide selfie-taking guidance.

Regarding APK Insight: We’ve decompiled the most recent version of an app that Google put on the Play Store in our APK Insight post. When we decompile these files—known as APKs for Android apps—we can find numerous lines of code that allude to potential future features. Remember that Google might or might not ever deploy these features, and our understanding of what they are might be limited. However, we’ll try to give those that are nearly finished a chance to demonstrate how they’ll seem if they do ship. Read on with that in mind.

JUPITER FOR FOLDABLE PIXELS We’ve been monitoring the advancement of Google’s first foldable Android phone for years, which we previously disclosed could go by the name of the Pixel Notepad. Although this item has experienced numerous delays, it is undoubtedly still under development.

We now have the best proof of Google’s ongoing efforts to create a foldable Pixel with Camera 8.6, thanks to the addition of a new mode with the working name Jupiter. Jupiter will have a button to the left of the Switch Cameras button for devices that support it.

The feature’s symbol is truly what makes it stand out as intriguing. A dotted line with an arrow pointing forward from the back appears to divide the foldable phone down the middle. Look it over:

Unfortunately, there isn’t a lot of information about the new mode’s intended use in the present code for Jupiter. The only other information we were able to find is that turning on Jupiter will make your foldable’s Switch Cameras button invisible.

One theory is that it’s just a mode that only functions with a single camera, perhaps the one on the back, which would eliminate the necessity for that specific button. Another thought is that since foldables have larger screens, Jupiter mode might concurrently display the front and back cameras.

The icon could signify turning the Pixel Notepad over to use the nicer, rear-facing camera to capture a selfie of higher quality than is often possible. This is a more useful interpretation. In that case, the smaller, outer screen would probably show the camera viewfinder.

Whatever the situation, it’s obvious that Google is still working toward the launch of its first foldable Pixel, developing new camera capabilities and methods that might be limited to that physical factor.

TIPS FOR TAKEN SELFIES Hotshot, which is described as a means to enhance the way we snap selfies with our Pixel phones, is a more obvious addition to Google Camera 8.6. In particular, it appears to be a development of the Google Camera’s current coaching capabilities, but with a concentration on selfies.

Guide selfies with haptic, acoustic, and visual feedback.
In the center of the smartphone’s frame, the included icon depicts the silhouette of a person.

The aforementioned haptic and aural cues most likely allude to a gentle reminder that the shot you’ve set up should look beautiful and be ready to be photographed. Regarding the visual input, it appears that this might be a frame, suggesting a possible location for your face in the photograph.

As of right now, the only Google Cameras selfie advice is to raise the camera to acquire a better angle on your face. Hotshot appears to go beyond these suggestions while still making them optional. Hotshot does not currently seem to be available in the Google Camera app.

AMETHYST AND AMBER Additionally, two additional settings and modes, code-named Amber and Amethyst, are being ready for release in Google Camera 8.6. Unfortunately, there isn’t much information available right now, so we can only guess what they might represent for the development of Pixel photography.

According to what we can gather, Amber is a new setting for using your Pixel device to record videos. Amber will only be able to record at 1080p and 30 frames per second, similar to the Active stabilization available on the Pixel 6, and not at the full 4K/60 recording other Pixels are capable of.

Put on the Amber setting

Amethyst appears to be a toggle in the fast settings menu that is located above the Google Cameras viewfinder in the meanwhile. The fact that Amethyst is symbolized by a light bulb icon is the only other hint we have.

alternatives for amethyst
On, amethyst
Off amethyst

PIXEL 7 TASTE Our team discovered a number of nuggets that provided fresh perspectives on the photography and videography aspects of the Pixel 7 series and the upcoming Pixel tablet in the recent update to the Google Camera app, version 8.5. It’s important to note, though, that Google has since removed from the Google Camera app all details regarding upcoming gadgets.

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