Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro to launch with new Google Camera app
Kamila Wojciechowska has revealed screenshots of a revised Google Camera app, which will reputedly debut in time for the releases of the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. As the embedded images below show, Google has improved the visual delineations between photo and video modes by adding a small toggle that sits beneath the app's various camera modes. For some reason, the company has also switched the gallery and front-facing/rear-facing camera shortcuts, which may have become muscle memory at this point for Pixel regulars.
Similarly, Google has inverted the camera settings menu swipe gesture up. For at least the last four years, this menu could be brought up by swiping down within the viewfinder. However, the menu will now appear with a swipe from the bottom, effectively pulling the settings menu into view. Alternatively, Google has integrated a small settings icon that it has placed on the same line as the camera/video toggle.
Moreover, Google has split its 'Motion' functionality into 'Action Pan' and 'Long Exposure' camera modes, while 'Pan' serves as a cinematic pan stabilisation replacement. Also, Google has integrated video stabilisation settings within the main settings menu, eschewing the current and dedicated stabilisation mode menu. Incidentally, Wojciechowska has already outlined all camera changes between the Pixel 7 and Pixel 8 series, which we have covered separately.