Google Pixel Phones Might Soon Get an Astro Photography Timelapse Feature

The astro photography time lapse feature for Google Pixel phones was spotted in an APK teardown of an updated Pixel Tips app.


Google Pixel phones may soon get a time lapse mode for its astro photography feature. The update comes courtesy of an APK teardown of the Pixel Tips app reported by 9to5Google, which seemingly reveals the presence of a new feature under a module, titled ‘CameraAstrotimelapseSettingController’. The feature module was spotted in the latest edition of the Pixel Tips app, which suggests that it may be an upcoming feature that Google Pixel phones would get in the future.

The report further states that the feature will require the Pixel Camera app version 8.2.3 to get the astro photography time-lapse feature, but as always, with such features spotted via APK teardown, no guarantee can be made about it. The Google Pixel camera features a dedicated astro photography mode as one of its key features, and makes the most of the company’s revered photography algorithms. While Google has not mentioned anything related to a new time-lapse feature for the mode, the tip suggests that the Pixel camera may now be primed for recording time-lapse videos that would include night sky trails.

The same would be made possible thanks to the computational photography advances made by the company, as well as physical slow shutter speed, the use of a tripod and long exposure times. Such time lapse videos were previously the forte of dedicated cameras, which have since seen smartphones almost successfully emulate most of their abilities.

With such features, though, there is no particular guarantee in terms of whether Google would actually roll out the feature any time soon. The astro photography time-lapse video feature might be reserved for future Pixel phones, such as the upcoming Pixel 6 and 6 Pro. On the other hand, launching it for older generation devices would give long term Pixel users more reason to cheer for. More details should come our way later this year in terms of whether we’d see this feature in action or not – for better or for worse.

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