Google launched the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro smartphones earlier this month. The smartphone comes with the tech giant’s proprietary Camera app that has remained exclusive to Pixel devices for a long time. The app is now going through a renaming process on the Play Store. The renamed app is called “Pixel Camera” and promotes the exclusivity of the platform. Apart from the name, Google has also changed the description of the app.
Previously, the Google Camera app had a description that read: “Never miss a moment with Google Camera, and take fantastic pictures and videos using features such as Portrait, Night Sight, and the video stabilisation modes.”
Now, the Pixel Camera app’s description reads: “Never miss a moment with the fully redesigned Pixel Camera, and take fantastic photos and videos using features like Portrait, Night Sight, Time Lapse, and Cinematic Blur.”
Pixel Camera: App requirements
Google has also listed the requirements for downloading the app: “The latest version of Pixel Camera only works on Pixel devices running Android 14 and above. The latest version of Pixel Camera for Wear OS only works on Wear OS 3 (and above) devices connected to Pixel phones. Some features are not available on all devices.”
Devices like Pixel Fold, Pixel Tablet and Pixel 7 Pro are currently running version 9.0 of the app. Google has started rolling out version 9.1 for the latest Pixel 8 series.
The renamed listing will help Google to highlight “Pixel 8 Pro Exclusive Features” like 50MP High Res mode and Pro Controls. The company introduced the “Pixel Camera” branding during its annual developer conference, I/O 2023, which was held in May.
Pixel Camera joins the club of other Pixel-branded apps which include — Pixel Call Assist, Pixel Speech (for recording) and Pixel Safe (for VPN, Car Crash Detection, etc.).
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