Yesterday was the first Monday in June, so Google published a new Android Security Bulletin. It’s also been 3 months since the last Pixel Feature Drop, so Google took the opportunity to also release a new set of exclusive features for Pixel users. Many of the features announced by Google have not rolled out yet, although the latest Google Camera update provides at least one of the promised features: time lapse astrophotography.
Google Camera 8.2.400 is now rolling out on Google Play (H / T cstark27 and MwPratama), and after installing it on a Pixel 4 running Android 11, we noticed that the astrophotography video feature has been added. If you navigate to GCams Settings> Advanced, you will see a new “enable astrophotography timeline” that changes with the description “export image and timeline. Uses more storage space. In the astrophotography tip available in the Night Sight mode settings, a new line has been added that says “wait at least 2.5 minutes to take a lapse of time in addition to a photo.”
I have not had the chance to test this feature yet, since it will not be night for several hours, and there is lots of light pollution in my area, but Telegram user vinlort shared a short sample with us. I’m sure we’ll soon see more videos posted on social media.
Here is a demo of Google’s astrophotography feature with time lapse in Google Camera 8.2.400. Credits: wine shit on Telegram. pic.twitter.com/zYIfYmz6ts
– Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) June 8, 2021
As for the second feature that comes with the Google Camera app – that is, integration of locked images – we have not discovered that yet. There should be a switch in the upper right corner that allows us to choose between saving in the photo gallery or the locked folder in Google Photos, but since the latter feature has not rolled out yet, it has not been activated yet in Google Camera. However, we can confirm that the Locked Photos feature will be up and running soon, as code for it has been added to the latest GCam and Google Photos versions. Locked Photos is the code name “March”, while the astrophotography function with the passage of time is the code name “kepler” as we suspected.
You have to wait for Google to push the Google Camera update to your device, as Google blocks side-loading updates to the app. We will dig into the latest release to see what more we can find.