By Rounak Jain
Google touted the Pixel 8 Pro‘s “exclusive” pro camera features as one of its unique selling points, but developers have managed to port the feature on older Pixel phones already. This suggests that the exclusivity is likely a software lock instead of older Pixel phones being less capable.
Alphabet Inc.’s (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google debuted some “pro” camera features that are exclusive to the Pixel 8 Pro. However, developers have ported the feature back to older Pixel phones already.
Kamila Wojciechowska demonstrated the new “pro mode” camera features are working effortlessly on the Pixel 7 Pro.
“I got early access to the Google Camera APK from the Pixel 8 [Pro] and modded it to force-enable the feature,” she said.
pixel 8 pro “exclusive” pro mode running on a pixel 7 pro pic.twitter.com/QunFYuaezO
— kamila (@Za_Raczke) October 8, 2023
She demonstrated some of these “exclusive” features like manual focus, lens switcher, and even shutter speed.
“Turns out it fully works on any Tensor Pixel, from the 6 to the 7 Pro,” she added, explaining that these features can be ported back to work even on the two-year-old Pixel 6 series. This shows that while the hardware is capable, Google is artificially restricting these features.
To make matters worse, Google says that these features are exclusive only to the Pixel 8 Pro – its affordable sibling Pixel 8 doesn’t get them either.
Another noted developer, Mishaal Rahman, also confirmed Wojciechowska’s findings, stating that it works well on the Pixel 6 Pro as well.
Google Camera’s new “Pro” controls also work on a Pixel 6 Pro!
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) October 8, 2023
Google has been pitching its “Pro” Pixel smartphones, touting their camera features. It also promised to provide software updates to the Pixel 8 series for seven years, one-upping Apple Inc.’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) five-year update support for iPhones.
However, this promise has been questioned by some, with Pixel fans wondering if Google will just roll out Android version updates without actually bringing new features to the Pixel 8 series.
This artificial exclusivity of “pro mode” camera features on the Pixel 8 Pro will further reinforce those doubts.
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