Version 8.5 of the Google Camera app, the most recent update, has fresh information regarding the photography and filmmaking capabilities of the Pixel 7 and the Pixel tablet due out in the near future.

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.

It should come as no surprise that fresh upgrades to the APK frequently feature details about impending Pixel smartphones given how much of the Pixel series’ photographic ability is made possible by the Google Camera app. It is the same with Google Camera 8.5, which adds code for the Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and future Pixel tablet.

FRONT-FACING CAMERA FOR PIXEL 7 There aren’t many differences because Google Camera is just now starting to incorporate the code for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. Given that the Pixel 7 series appears to be a refresh of last year’s phones, the camera shouldn’t change all that much, which is not surprising.

The front-facing camera sensor should be able to be used by both the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro to shoot videos in 4K, according to information we’ve been able to gather.

In contrast, the Pixel 6 series allowed 4K video to be recorded through the selfie camera only on the Pixel 6 Pro. The $599 Pixel 6 could only record in FHD because its selfie camera was altogether different and had a lower quality of 8MP as opposed to the Pixel 6 Pro’s 11.1MP.

It’s probable that the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro share the same front-facing camera sensor as the Pixel 6 Pro because the Pixel 7 should allow 4K selfie filming, but it’s not yet known which sensor is being used. This is shown by the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro being assigned the p21 front setup tag in Google Camera, which was previously reserved for the Pixel 6 Pro.

TIPS FOR PIXEL TABLETS Looking further into the future, Google intends to offer a Pixel tablet running Android sometime in 2023. Although there are still few specifics available regarding this product, it was revealed that the Pixel tablet will likely have just one rear camera, similar to the Pixel 3 and Pixel Slate. Given that the tablet appears to be intended for use at home and has smart home functions, the single-camera setup makes sense.

Early plans for the Pixel tablet are included in Google Camera 8.5, outlining some of its intended capabilities. Given how far away from that device’s release we are, we should view these results with caution because a lot can change between now and launch.

The Pixel tablet and Pixel 6 series currently differ most noticeably in terms of feature reductions. The apparent absence of 4K video recording at 60 frames per second is the most obvious elimination of these features. Beyond that, though, there are indications that the Pixel tablet might not even allow 4K video recording.

Beyond that, quite a few photo and video capabilities from current Pixel phones, such as Audio Zoom, Slow Motion films, and Action Pan photographs, might not be present in Google Camera on the Pixel tablet. It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise that Google would reduce those features to keep costs down, given that a tablet isn’t exactly the most convenient gadget to use for taking images and movies.

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