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Android: the new Google Pixel Camera Services app is here: that’s what’s behind it and future possibilities

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Google released the new app a few days ago. pixel camera services introduced, which was automatically rolled out to Pixel 6 smartphones in preparation for the March Drop feature and made itself felt through an update. But what is this new app all about and what features can you expect in the future? Indeed, there is great potential in this framework.


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In recent years, Google has outsourced a large number of system applications to the Play Store, which can be updated very easily and without the need to update the operating system. Usually, these apps aren’t really exciting because they work in the background and provide system features that end users tend to have no contact with. With the new app pixel camera services behaves in a similar way, but could take on greater importance.

Google hasn’t officially announced the release of this background app, but only reveals in the app description what it is and that it’s part of the app. March Feature Drop is. In this it was announced that Snapchat can use the night vision mode of the Google camera. Since Snapchat isn’t (anymore) that widespread in this country, it was more of a fringe detail. But how it was implemented is quite exciting.

To bring night vision feature to Snapchat, new ones come for the first time pixel camera services to use. This is officially explained in the description and it also shows that from the user’s point of view it is not an app, but a framework. In fact, it is an application, but so are the well-known and extremely powerful Google Play Services. Camera services for Pixel smartphones are now at a similar level.

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Pixel Camera Services is a system component that provides Pixel Camera features such as Night Sight to some third party applications that you have given permission to use your camera. This component is pre-installed on your device and should be kept up to date to ensure you have the latest imaging updates and other bug fixes.

Requirements: Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro running Android 12 with the March security patch. Some features are not available on all devices.

What can pixel camera services do?
It can currently only be used for Snapchat, only on the Pixel 6, only with Android 12, and only with night vision mode. But this will change. Snapchat exclusivity will likely wane first, then Pixel 6 exclusivity, and over time many new camera features should be able to be used this way outside of the Google Camera app. From a user point of view, this is a very good thing, because it is well known that many applications large and small depend on their own camera connection and have so far not been able to use the strengths of the hardware or the algorithms that work. at a deeper level.

Google hasn’t officially commented on this yet, but I’m sure we’ll be hearing a lot more about Pixel Camera Services in the future. You can find it here on the Play Store.


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