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Got a Pixel? Then you've got one of the best damn cameras in all the Android land. But hold the phone: Your kickass camera can do even more than you realize.
Sure, it takes incredible pictures — but that's just scratching the surface of the Pixel camera advantage. Google's homemade phones have thoughtfully created photo-related software with all sorts of scrumptious smarts baked in. And that means they're overflowing with useful tricks and tucked-away options that are all too easy to overlook.
In honor of my new Pixel Academy e-course — a totally free seven-day email adventure that helps you uncover tons of next-level Pixel treasures — I wanted to share some of my favorite hidden Pixel camera possibilities with you, my favorite Android Police pals.
News that Google's long-awaited custom-made chipset "Whitechapel" may show up in the Pixel 6 still has us excited. It's been so long since we've had something other than a Snapdragon, MediaTek, or Exynos in a smartphone, but there are are many questions over what we can and should expect from Google's first custom smartphone system-on-a-chip. Diving into last year's leaked specs and speaking to some analysts, we do have a few expectations before the Pixel 6 lands in our hands.
Just last week, news landed that Google's long-rumored custom chipset is likely to make an appearance in the upcoming Pixel 6 (and potentially the Pixel 5a). "Whitechapel," as the SoC is code-named, has been in development for the last year at least, with help from Samsung. While a whole lot of our readers are already Pixel fans, we're curious to know if this news already has you sold on Google's upcoming Whitechapel-powered Pixels.
Almost all Android smartphones in the US have Qualcomm chipsets — some may call it a monopoly, but that's just the way it is right now. However, Google has been working on its own custom chipset under the codename Whitechapel since at least last spring. And if a recent report from 9to5 is to be believed, this long-awaited hardware may finally manifest inside this year's Pixel 6, and potentially even the Pixel 5a.
An upcoming Pixel phone — possibly the Pixel 6, if expectations pan out — is set to have an upgraded and centered Galaxy S21-style hole-punch camera, according to a recent teardown. Tidbits hidden in the latest Google Camera app update regarding an upcoming device code-named Oriole point to the change, which would be a departure in design from both last year's Pixel 5 and 4a series, and a change from the leaked design of the upcoming Pixel 5a.