If you were expecting Google to release the Pixel 5 XL with the Pixel 5 this fall, think about whether your hopes are dashed. And it was Google that made the last blow.
Of course, Google hasn’t announced anything about its Pixel 5 plans. Instead, it allows its software updates for speakers. The camera app update included in the latest Android 11 beta includes future Pixel phones that will be able to run the updated software – the Pixel 5 XL is not listed.
Credit 9to5Google for this detective work to delve into Google Camera 7.5 Update to see what’s coming into the Google Camera app. The program mentions the Pixel 5, as well as the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a XL, which seem to confirm that all of these models will be introduced this year. Much like the absence of the Pixel 5 XL, it seems to confirm that this is an MIA.
Despite the occasional coating of the Pixel 5 XL, rumors have been circulating for some time that Google is putting the larger Pixel on the shredding unit. Instead, the latest Buzz image suggests it will be a version of the 5G Pixel 4a joining Pixel 5 later this fall. (Of course, for such a scenario to happen, we should first see Pixel 4a, and that rumor launch will continue to be pushed back.)
The Camera 7.5 update also includes new features that will be available on Pixel phones, including future versions of Google. The update includes Motion Blur mode, which combines other camera modes such as Night Sight and Portrait. Motion Blur sounds so that it can focus on a specific subject, even when it̵7;s moving – think of sports and other activities where the subject isn’t standing still.
The audio zoom feature in the Camera 7.5 update sounds so that it can point the phone’s microphone when you’re taking a video home, no matter what you’re zoomed in on. Other features discovered by 9to5Google include an adjustable camera flash and the ability to share videos more easily. The latter feature expands the capabilities of existing still images by allowing you to press a button in the viewfinder to share your latest shot on various social media sites and services. The Camera 7.5 update lists 25 such services that will allow you to share videos quickly.
Google Pixel 4a is launched on August 3, which means we should only be left for a few days after the next Google phone is unveiled. Those waiting for the Pixel 5 will probably have to last until the fall.