The Camera app found on Pixel handsets, also known as the Google Camera app, is getting an update to version 8.6. Right off the bat, we can say that the update will not add any amazing new features to the camera. This update is more about how the Pixel Camera app looks when it’s open. The update adds some Material You features and other UI tweaks.

Let’s start with the carousel at the bottom of the app. Dragging it to the left reveals the Fashions tongue. When this tab is selected, the Google Camera 8.6 app places the Panorama, Photo Sphere, and Lens buttons inside a gray rectangular box. Not serious. But as you can see from the image included in this article, after installing the updated version of the app, the buttons now change color thanks to the Dynamic Color feature which adjusts the icons and other key elements to match to the main tint of the wallpaper being used on the phone.
9to5Google was the first to spot the changes and noted that the buttons have also been moved a bit lower on the screen to make them easier to reach for those with small fingers. The update was spotted on a Pixel 4a running Android 13.

As of now, it looks like the update hasn’t been widely released yet, and it hasn’t been widely released through the Google Play Store. You can check your Pixel to see when the update is coming by opening the Google Play Store. Once the Android app market opens, tap on the profile picture in the upper right corner and tap on Manage apps & devices. The screen will show you if you have any apps that have received an update.

Click “see details” to see a list of pending updates and search for Google Camera. If you see the app listed, tap the word “Update” inside the diamond on the far right. And that should get you to Google Camera 8.6.

We must point out that the update does not activate the “Frequent Faces” camera function which Google was recently disabled due to a bug. “Frequent Faces” debuted in 2019 on the Pixel 4 series, and it recognizes faces you’ve photographed or recorded on video. It recommends improvements you can make to photos of people who often appear in your videos and photos.

Google removed “Frequent Faces” as we noted above, but plans to bring it back in a future update. No specific date has been mentioned by Google for the return of the feature.