Google inexplicably takes away wide-angle astrophotography from Pixel phones

Pixel five and 4a 5G customers can not use their ultrawide cameras to take pictures of the celebs: Google apparently eliminated the lens’s astrophotography competencies with the Google Camera 8.1 update. The function was a selling point of the Pixel 4, and was available on the normal and telephoto cameras. When the 4a 5G and 5 had been introduced with new wide-perspective lenses, the characteristic turned into brought to those as nicely. Now it’s been taken away.

Google didn’t reply to our request for remark asking why it had made the exchange, but it did update its low-mild images support report to feature the subsequent caveat:

Taking a observe the Wayback Machine, we can see that this variation befell some time between November 1st and November 7th. It’s barely extraordinary timing given that the replace wasn’t released till more than one days later.

For a proof as to why the characteristic can also had been cut, you could check out this thread on Google’s Pixel Phone Help discussion board. It has examples from  customers, showing the effects astrophotography mode produced on the Pixel five’s everyday digicam, in comparison to what the ultrawide lens put out. I’ll allow you to judge the pix for your self. The discussion board publish, but, is any other bit of timing weirdness — it was made days after the update getting rid of the feature had already commenced rolling out.

Given that the replace become out for a month and a 1/2 earlier than the general public surely began noticing that the characteristic were removed, it can be obvious why Google concept it can escape with out bringing up it within the changelog. Even if it’s a function that received’t be overlooked via many, it nonetheless stands as a reminder that software program features used to market it a cellphone can be issue to trade (much like the Pixel’s limitless original best storage in Google Photos).

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