Android: Google’s new Pixel Camera Services app is here – behind it and future possibilities


Google released the new app a few days ago pixel camera services Introduction, which was automatically rolled out to Pixel 6 smartphones in preparation for the March Drop feature and made itself felt with the update. But what is all this new app and what features to expect in the future? In fact, there is great potential in this framework.

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In recent years, Google has outsourced a large number of system apps to Play Store, which can be updated very easily and without updating the operating system. These apps are usually not really exciting because they run in the background and provide system functionality that end users tend not to call. With the new app pixel camera services It behaves in a similar way, but can take on greater importance.

Google hasn’t officially announced the launch of this wallpaper app, but only reveals in the app description what it is and is part of the March Feature Drop. In this it was announced that Snapchat can use the night vision mode of the Google Camera. Since Snapchat isn’t (anymore) so widespread in this country, it was more than a fringe detail. But how it was implemented is very interesting.

To bring Night Vision to Snapchat, new features are coming for the first time pixel camera services to use. This is formally explained in the description and also makes it clear that from the user’s point of view it is not an application, but a framework. In fact, it is an application, as well as the well-known and very powerful Google Play Services. Camera services for Pixel smartphones are now on a similar level.

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Pixel Camera Services is a system component that provides Pixel Camera features such as Night Sight to certain third-party apps that you have given permission to use the camera. This component is pre-installed on your device and must be updated to ensure you have the latest image processing updates and other bug fixes.

Requirements – Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro running Android 12 with the March security patch. Some features are not available on all devices.

What can Pixel Camera Services do?
Currently it can only be used with Snapchat, only on Pixel 6, only with Android 12 and only with Night Vision mode. But this will change. Snapchat exclusivity will likely decline first, then Pixel 6 exclusivity, and over time many new camera features should be usable in this way outside of the Google Camera app. From the user’s point of view, this is a very good thing, because it is well known that many applications large and small depend on their camera connection and have not yet been able to use the strengths of hardware or algorithms that operate at a deeper level.

Google hasn’t officially commented on this yet, but I’m sure we’ll hear more about Pixel Camera Services in the future. You can find it here on the Play Store.

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