Google has begun rolling out version 8.1 of the Google Camera app for Pixel phones, which means owners of old devices will get some functionality from the new Pixel 5.
Version 8.0 of the application was previously available for the Pixel 5 only, but information indicates that version 8.1 should work across old phones, such as: Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, so that it appeared to Pixel 4 XL owners.
(Kelvin Peralta) monitored the update for the first time, and spoke about it through his account on the Twitter platform.
The app is not a complete fix, as some features have been redesigned or modified.
New additions include zoom shortcuts, as well as the ability to Audio Zoom to reduce background noise.
There is also the Pixel 5’s new Cinematic Pan video recording feature, which helps with smooth panning shots.
According to the information, it appears that the Cinematic Pan video recording feature only reaches the Pixel 4 and Pixel 4 XL, and not any of the previous Pixel units.
And unlike Google Camera 8.0, the new version of the app from Google Camera 8.1 is rated compatible with all Pixel phones, dating back to the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
And it seems that sideloading the update is no longer an option for those looking to get the Google Camera 8.1 app in Pixel phones as soon as possible, even via the Pixel 5 phone.
And obviously there are verification errors, which means the best way to get Google Camera 8.1 on your Pixel phone is to wait for the app to arrive normally from the Google Play Store.
It is reported that the Google Camera application got an update to version 8.0 in conjunction with the launch of the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G in September, which led to the re-design of the application.
The redesign organized many Google Camera features along the bottom bar and added features like Audio Zoom, Night Sight, and quick one-click zoom adjustments.