Google's Pixel phones could soon get a new astrophotography timelapse feature

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What you need to know

  • The Google Camera app will soon gain a new "Astrotimelapse" feature.
  • The feature could be part of Google's June Feature Drop update for Pixel phones.
  • As clearly suggested by the feature's name, it will allow Pixel users to capture time-lapse videos combined with the Astrophotography mode.

Google is working on a new feature that could make the astrophotography mode on Pixel phones even cooler. The folks at XDA Developers have found evidence of a new "Astrotimelapse" feature in the latest Pixel Tips app v3.4.0.373287606. Google usually rolls out updates to its Pixel Tips app a few days before a Feature Drop update, so it is possible that the new Astrotimelapse feature will arrive along with the June Feature Drop for all the Pixel phones that support Astrophotography mode.

Even though no details have been revealed yet, the name suggests the upcoming feature will allow Pixel users to capture timelapse videos of the night sky. The Realme 8 Pro, which was launched earlier this year, already offers a similar feature called "Starry Timelapse."

The only detail that has been revealed so far is that the feature will require version 8.2.3 of the Google Camera app. Currently, the latest available version of Google Camera is 8.2.2, so it looks like an update will begin rolling out very soon.

In addition to the new Astrotimelapse feature, the latest Pixel Tips update also includes a "tip" about the Locked Folder feature that was showcased during Google I/O last month. The feature will be available only on Pixel phones initially, but it could expand to the best Android phones from other brands in the future.

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Babu Mohan
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