New Google Camera update revives a key Pixel feature for older phones

Google Pixel 6 and 5 series camera housings outside
Google Pixel 6 and 5 series camera housings outside

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  • The Google Digicam 8.7 update is now getting pushed out to older Pixel phones.
  • This digicam application update revives Google’s earlier disabled Recurrent Faces feature.

The Google Digital camera 8.7 update has been out there on Pixel 7 sequence devices for a when now, bringing several tweaks and a prolonged-missing function. Now, it seems like this update is eventually landing on older Pixels as perfectly (h/t: 9to5Google).

More precisely, the update resurrects the Regular Faces characteristic on older Pixels right after it was disabled earlier this calendar year. Google quietly disabled the alternative in Might, with enterprise sources subsequently confirming to Android Authority that this was due to a bug. 

Recurrent Faces identifies faces of people you often shoot in images, subsequently recommending much better Top Shot snaps of them. It’s also utilized in conjunction with the Pixel line’s Serious Tone function for far more correctly capturing skin tones. Google claims facial knowledge is stored on-product and does not leave your handset.

What else should you be expecting?

There are also a couple of other Google Camera 8.7 options landing on more mature Pixels. For one particular, it allows you double-tap the viewfinder to switch among 1x and 2x. This characteristic was constantly accessible on the Pixel 4 sequence, but 9to5Google studies that it was to begin with taken off from the Pixel 4a onwards and on the Pixel 5 and Pixel 6 phones. Finally, you can also lengthy-push the icon showing your final photo to select irrespective of whether photos are saved to your default gallery folder or a non-public locked folder.

In expressing so, a person Google Digicam 8.7 characteristic for Pixel 7 phones that is not out there on older equipment is the potential to decide on a least or utmost shooting time for Night time Sight (various among off and 6 seconds). Nonetheless, we’re glad to see Google re-permit Recurrent Faces right after older Pixel telephones went for months with no it.