Yesterday was the first Monday of June, Google released a new Android Security Bulletin. It’s been three months since the last Pixel feature drop, so Google took this opportunity to release a new set of special features for Pixel users. The announcement by Google hasn’t been released, although the latest update to Google Camera brings at least one of the promised features: time-lapse astrophotography.
Google Camera 8.2.400 is 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 go to GCam’s Settings > Advanced, you’ll see a toggle. “Enable time lapse for astrophotography” with the caption, “Export photos and time lapses. Use more storage space” in the astrophotography tips available in Night Mode settings. A new line has been added that says “Wait at least 2.5 minutes to take a time-lapse photo in addition to the photo.”;
I haven’t had a chance to test this feature yet. As it won’t be nighttime for many hours and there is a lot of light pollution in my area, but Telegram user vinlort shared a short demo with us. posted on social media recently
Here’s an example of Google’s time-lapse astrophotography feature in Google Camera 8.2.400. Credit: vinlort on Telegram pic.twitter.com/zYIfYmz6ts.
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) June 8, 2021
As for the other features that come in the Google Camera app — like merging locked photos — we haven’t seen that yet. There should be a toggle button in the upper right corner that lets us choose between save to the photo gallery or Locked Folder in Google Photos, but since the latter feature hasn’t been launched yet, it hasn’t yet been activated in Google Camera. However, we can confirm that. The Locked Photos feature will be available soon as code for this feature has been added in the latest versions of GCam and Google Photos. The locked image is codenamed “Mars” while the Time Lapse Astrophotography feature is codenamed “Kepler” as we suspect.
You’ll need to wait for Google to push Google Camera updates to your device as Google blocks app sideload updates. We’ll be digging into the latest release to see what else we can find.