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A new leak hints at a new time-lapsed astrophotography setting for Pixel phones

The Pixel 6 might ship with a new camera feature. (Source: 91Mobiles/OnLeaks)
The Pixel 6 might ship with a new camera feature. (Source: 91Mobiles/OnLeaks)
The Pixel line of smartphones has been defining itself through enhanced low-light photography since 2018. Now, a new leak hints that Google has something new to add to this Night Sight suite of features in 2021: Astro TimeLapse. It might be added through the next major update to the OEM's Camera app.

Google asserts that its Camera app is an ideal aid to Android smartphone photography, particularly on its own Pixel series of phones. It facilitates the Night Sight feature on these devices, for one, which is rated to make even star-field shots taken with their mobile image sensors look good. Now, they might become capable of adding a new function to this mode.

According to a code tear-down conducted by a 9to5Google contributor, it will be called Astro Time Lapse, and, thus, is likely to be rated to do what it says on the tin. Then again, the term that backs this new leak up (CameraAstrotimelapseSettingController), is not found in the Google Camera app itself, but in a new update to the Pixel Tips app.

On the other hand, this update is also reportedly programmed to check for Camera v8.2.3 before running the new tutorial, whereas the current version is 8.2.2. Therefore, the blog hypothesizes that this "Astro Time Lapse" will form part of the Pixel Feature Drop. In addition, it might also be hyped during the rumored launch of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro.

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I became a professional writer and editor shortly after graduation. My degrees are in biomedical sciences; however, they led to some experience in the biotech area, which convinced me of its potential to revolutionize our health, environment and lives in general. This developed into an all-consuming interest in more aspects of tech over time: I can never write enough on the latest electronics, gadgets and innovations. My other interests include imaging, astronomy, and streaming all the things. Oh, and coffee.
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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2021-06- 6 (Update: 2021-06- 6)