Yesterday We reported that a hidden code found by 9to5Google in the recently updated Google Camera 8.5 app has revealed that the Pixel car crash detection feature is coming to non-Pixel Android phones. Today, 9to5Google said that according to the Google Camera 8.5 app, the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro front cameras will both support 4K recording.

Google Camera 8.5 app reveals a change coming to the Pixel 7 camera later this year

The difference with the Pixel 6 lineup is that with the 2021 models, only the Pixel 6 Pro has the capability to record front-end video in 4K. The top model sports an 11.1 MP front sensor while the Pixel 6 sports an 8 MP front sensor and offers FHD video. Code from version 8.5 of the Google Camera app suggests that the front sensor on the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro could be the same sensor used on the Pixel 6 Pro.

The code for the latest version of the Camera app cites a “p21_front_setup” for the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, which was used on the Pixel 6 Pro.

The Pixel tablet, which was mentioned at last month’s Google I/O event, revealed that the tablet, supposedly slated for release in 2023, will have a single rear camera. The Google Camera 8.5 app says the tablet may not support 4K video recording at 60fps. There are also indications that the Pixel tablet might not support any 4K video.

And to keep the price of the tablet down, the Camera app says that Pixel handset photo features such as audio zoom, slow motion videos and Action Pan photos might be missing from the Pixel tablet. With Audio Zoom, an item you zoom into becomes louder with reduced background noise as you get closer to the subject. Action Pan locks focus on a moving subject in the foreground while blurring the background.

Google surprisingly seems to be removing camera features from the first Pixel tablet

That doesn’t stop Google from making changes to the photo features it will offer with the Pixel tablet; there is a lot of time left “on the clock”. It seems a bit strange that in creating and expanding the Pixel ecosystem, Google is removing the photography features from its first Android Pixel tablet. After all, photography has been a key Pixel feature since the first Pixel phones were released in 2016.

Maybe Google thinks it doesn’t need to use AI-powered camera gadgets to sell the Pixel tablet to the public. But it’s possible the company will repeat the game plan it used with the first Pixel handsets. The OG Pixels had an IP rating of just IP53 which protected the phone against limited amounts of dust and splashing water within 60 degrees of vertical.
It wasn’t until the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL came out with their IP67 rating that the Pixel series was water resistant. If Google follows this same path with the Google Pixel tablet, we could see improvements in the tablet’s photography system with the release of the Pixel 2 tablet.

Verizon subscribers can buy the Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro

Google’s Pixel 6 series debuted the company’s in-house SoC, the Google Tensor. With the chip, Google was able to add features like the magic eraser that removes unwanted elements from photos. Other features such as Action Pan and Real Tone are possible thanks to the Tensor chip. The component also improves some older Pixel features, including Night Sight.

Night Sight allows Pixel users to take visible photos in low-light environments without using a flash. We must point out that the Pixel 7 series will be powered by the second-generation Google Tensor chipset, which is expected to bring new computer photography features to users.