Prior to the debut of the Pixel 6as next month, Google has released an upgrade to the Google Camera app for its Pixel series phones, bringing it to version 8.5.

Even though Google’s phone cameras underwent a significant improvement with the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, the Pixel series’ outstanding photographic capabilities are largely due to software. The Google Camera app on Pixel phones improves your photos as you take them, whether by perfectly representing the Real Tone of your skin or by providing Super Res Zoom that is reminiscent of the effects in Blade Runner.

The Google Camera app receives updates infrequently, frequently in the days or weeks before the release of a new Pixel smartphone. It comes as no surprise that Google is releasing a new Camera app update given that the midrange Pixel 6a is scheduled to be on sale on July 28.

This afternoon, the upgrade, which brings Google Camera to version 8.5 (from version 8.4), became accessible. Based on the little testing we’ve done, Google Camera 8.5 appears to be generally available for all Pixel devices that are now supported, even budget-friendly ones like the Pixel 5a.

Despite the change in version number and a few small upgrades over the previous few months, Google Camera 8.5 doesn’t seem to have undergone any significant changes to the way it looks or functions. The impending Pixel 6a, which combines the main camera of prior Pixel phones with the computing power of a Google Tensor processor, is expected to receive the upgrade, which is likely to include the finishing touches required.

After today’s upgrade to version 8.5, if you notice anything different with the Google Camera app, let us know in the comments below. We’ll keep looking around in the interim to see what updates, hints, and new features Google has planned.

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