Google Camera gets renamed with a focus on Pixel

The redesigned camera UI on the Google Pixel 8 Pro
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What you need to know 

  • Google renamed its native camera app on the Play Store while updating the description and screenshots.
  • The app is now called Pixel Camera and is exclusive to Pixel devices. 
  • Pixel devices running Android 14 and above are eligible to install the new app, as well as Wear OS 3 watches and above.

Google Camera has been a native camera app for Pixel phones ever since their inception. The native application is getting a new moniker, one that will really hone in on the Pixel brand.

As spotted by 9to5Google, Google Camera is being renamed "Pixel Camera" on the Google Play Store, which now appears to have a new description.

Pixel Camera app

(Image credit: Google Play Store)

It reads, “Never miss a moment with the fully redesigned Pixel Camera, and takes fantastic photos and videos using features like Portrait, Night Sight, Time Lapse, and Cinematic Blur.”

The new description is self-explanatory, highlighting some of the camera features you can find on recent Pixel phones, like Cinematic blur. The search giant also shows the device requirements for certain devices, noting that the latest version of Pixel Camera is only supported on Pixel devices running Android 14 and the versions released after it.

Similarly, the new rebranding also appears on Wear OS devices, with the latest version running Wear OS 3 and above, provided they are again connected to Pixel phones.

(Image credit: Google Play Store)

9to5 further notes for Pixel Fold, Pixel 7 Pro, and Pixel Tablet the app release includes a 9.0 version number. Meanwhile, the latest Pixel 8 models will have the Pixel Camera app version 9.1.

The shared app screenshots on the Google Play Store also showcase the updated Camera UI with the photo and video toggles at the bottom of the display. It also shows off some of the Pixel 8 Pro-exclusive camera features, including the 50MP high-res and the new manual "Pro Controls," although the latter also seems to work on other Pixel devices through a workaround.

Overall, it appears Google wants to make the Pixel brand more prominent and not just limited to its hardware devices, further highlighting the divide between Google's Android and Google Pixel.

Vishnu Sarangapurkar
News Writer

Vishnu works as a freelance News Writer for Android Central. For the past four years, he's been writing about consumer technology, primarily involving smartphones, laptops, and every other gizmo connected to the Internet. When he is away from keyboard, you can see him going on a long drive or chilling on a couch binge-watching some crime series.