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Modded Google Camera 8.1 brings Pixel 5 features to more non-Pixel devices

Modded Google Camera 8.1 brings Pixel 5 features to more non-Pixel devices

Google's image processing algorithms have been lauded far and wide, and they're the reason modded Google Camera apps are so sought-after by smartphone camera enthusiasts. Google Camera version 8.0 introduced with the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a 5G added a bunch of useful features — such as Storage Saver mode — which were eventually rolled out to older Pixels with v8.1. Now, developers have released a modded version of Google Camera 8.1 that also works on non-Pixel devices.

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Tip: The new Google Camera helps you align your phone for perfectly level shots

Tip: The new Google Camera helps you align your phone for perfectly level shots

Google recently released a big update for its Pixel camera, and it's packed with exciting new features, like a storage saver, better video effects, and some Pixel 5 and 4a 5G exclusives. But there's more — improvements to the existing framing hints are also rolling out. You may have already noticed that there are now two level indicators or two crosshairs, a familiar white variant and a new yellow one. You can use these to get perfectly level shots and top-down pictures. Here's how you do it.

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How to view your recent Pixel portrait photos with bokeh off

How to view your recent Pixel portrait photos with bokeh off

Google Photos storage will soon count against your quota, which might be a reason why Google is trying to make its camera more economical. Following a big update to Google Camera version 8, the developers introduced a new storage saver option, but that's not all they changed. Instead of saving two versions of a portrait photo, one with the signature artificially blurred background and another one without it, the camera now only saves the bokeh variant. But you can still get the photo with the original background if you really need it — here's how.

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Google Camera 8.1 includes a much-needed Storage Saver option

Google Camera 8.1 includes a much-needed Storage Saver option

Making the most of your phone's storage can be a tricky balancing act, and it's going to get even tougher with Google Photos doing away with free unlimited cloud storage next year. Thankfully, the Google camera app has recently added a new feature to help you save some extra space on your Pixel.

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Revamped Google Camera app v8.1 appears to be rolling out to older Pixel phones

Revamped Google Camera app v8.1 appears to be rolling out to older Pixel phones

Google debuted a number of new camera features with the Pixel 5, including a completely revamped interface for the app. Version 8.0 shipped on the new Pixel phones, but some users who tried to install the APK manually ran into trouble. Luckily, it looks like Google is starting to bring the overhauled camera app to older Pixels with v8.1.

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The Pixel 5's camera APK is available, but you may not be able to install it

The Pixel 5's camera APK is available, but you may not be able to install it

Now that the newest Pixel phones are out, people are, predictably, trying to install APKs pulled from them onto their older devices. We now have the Google Camera 8 APK uploaded to APK Mirror, but installation stories seem to be a mixed bag.

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Listen to the Pixel 5's new 'audio zoom' feature in action

Listen to the Pixel 5's new 'audio zoom' feature in action

We knew that Google had been working on a new "audio zoom" feature in the Google Camera since back in July, but even when developers were able to manually enable it, it didn't work at the time. Many assumed it might need additional hardware to work, and a recent video confirms that the Pixel 5 ships with the feature enabled. You can even hear what "zoomed" audio sounds like.

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Google says 'beauty' filters are bad for your mental health, Pixel cameras won't use them by default

Google says 'beauty' filters are bad for your mental health, Pixel cameras won't use them by default

Most smartphones have offered some type of 'beauty' filter for years, which smooth out pimples, freckles, wrinkles, and other details in your face. There are a few studies that show such functionality can have a negative effect on mental health, and as a result, Google is now turning them off by default on its own phones and encouraging other OEMs to do the same.

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Three Hollywood-inspired video effects are launching with the new Pixel phones

Three Hollywood-inspired video effects are launching with the new Pixel phones

Google's Pixel phones may offer stellar still photography, but they've never been known to focus much effort on video. That seems to be changing with the release of the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G. Google is bringing a handful of new "Hollywood-inspired" stabilization effects that should make videos a lot more fun to capture: Locked, Active, and Cinematic Pan.

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Android 11 got rid of the 4GB limit on videos, but the Google Camera app is still capped

Android 11 got rid of the 4GB limit on videos, but the Google Camera app is still capped

Android 11 may not have had a lot of flashy new features, but at least we should credit it for fixing or improving some of the outstanding issues. Back in June, we examined a fix that had just rolled out in the first Android 11 beta that would lift the 4GB cap on videos captured by the camera. While the API that had previously been responsible for setting the 4GB limit was no longer a constraint, it didn't actually make a difference with the Google Camera app or most of the other popular video recorders tested. Now that Android 11 has rolled out and many of us with Pixel phones are running it, here's what has changed and how it works today.

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