Google is releasing a new version of its “Camera” application, Google Camera 8.6. The update brings the characteristic design of Android’s new visual language with Material You and several features that promise to make the smartphone camera even more useful — especially for Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro users.
When opened, the “Modes” tab became part of the dynamic theme of the operating system. The Panorama, Photo Sphere, and Google Lens buttons will respect the user-selected highlight colors and are housed in a gray rectangle (for dark mode) with rounded edges.
According to 9to5Google, the Google Camera 8.6 appears to be available initially for the Android 13 beta, but it shouldn’t be long before all users receive the improvements through the Google Play Store itself.
The update is also accompanied by a new feature for users of the Pixel 6 line. From now on, the “Speech Enhancement” tool is available when using the smartphone’s rear camera. Before the update, the function that optimizes the sound of voices and attenuates ambient noise was only usable with video recordings on the front camera.
There is a slight caveat: “Speech Enhancement” will only work with Full HD recordings at 30 FPS. This limitation may be due to the real-time processing requirement of noise cancellation algorithms, which makes it difficult to capture videos smoothly.
Google Camera 8.6 should be released to all users over the next few weeks.