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New code points to Pixel 4 supporting wide color gamut photos

The Google Pixel 4 will be the first Pixel to support the DCI-P3 color space for photos. (Source: Google)
The Google Pixel 4 will be the first Pixel to support the DCI-P3 color space for photos. (Source: Google)
Code spotted by a developer in Google Camera app shows that Google is working to bring wide color gamut image capture to the Pixel 4. Although Google is considered to hold a lead over the iPhone in still image capture, the iPhone can capture images with a wider color gamut - Google is looking to nullify that edge.
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Although Google announced that it was working on bringing wide color photos to Android Q, it wasn't clear exactly what its timeline was. New code spotted by an XDA Developers member suggests that Google is going to bring this feature soon and it will be ready to debut on the Pixel 4. Although Google's Pixel is widely considered to have an edge on the iPhone camera for still photos, the Pixel has been limited to the sRGB spectrum while the iPhone can support the DCI-P3 standard.

The new code in the Android Q Camera app shows that Google is extending the photographic capture capabilities into the DCI-P3 color space. This is particularly important for photographers, especially pros who prefer to work in P3; however, everyone benefits from photos that look more vibrant and closer to real life. With the Pixel 4 set to bring dual-rear cameras to the camera equation for the first time in its product line when Apple is moving to a triple camera arrangement, it will need every trick up its sleeve.

However, to properly enjoy DCI-P3 photos, you need a display that can support DCI-P3 reproduction. This is something that Apple has also supported for a while and was first introduced on the Pixel 3. It will be interesting to see if Google enables the functionality on the older model as its Sony image sensor is certainly capable of capturing images in wide color. Either way, you can bet that Google will be keen to highlight this newly developed functionality when the Pixel 4 is launched.

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Sanjiv Sathiah
Sanjiv Sathiah - Senior Tech Writer - 1296 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I have been writing about consumer technology over the past ten years, previously with the former MacNN and Electronista, and now Notebookcheck since 2017. My first computer was an Apple ][c and this sparked a passion for Apple, but also technology in general. In the past decade, I’ve become increasingly platform agnostic and love to get my hands on and explore as much technology as I can get my hand on. Whether it is Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Linux, Nintendo, Xbox, or PlayStation, each has plenty to offer and has given me great joy exploring them all. I was drawn to writing about tech because I love learning about the latest devices and also sharing whatever insights my experience can bring to the site and its readership.
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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2019-06-25 (Update: 2019-06-25)