Code found in Android Q app points to a much desired feature for the Pixel 4 camera

Code found in Android Q app points to a much desired feature for the Pixel 4 camera
Last month, we told you about hidden code found in the Google Camera app that allows users to take photos with wide-gamut P3 color capture. Already used on the Apple iPhone, this system captures a 25% wider range of colors than the sRGB system currently in use. We could see wide-gamut P3 color capture available on the Pixel 4 series. Speaking of the Pixel 4, Google has already shared a photo of the device and for the first time, a Pixel will have more than one camera sensor in the back.

Google has proven that you can offer a great photographic experience with one camera as long as the image processing is top notch. But this year we could see a telephoto lens housed in the square camera module that will be mounted in the upper left corner of the phone's rear panel. According to XDA, code found in version 6.3 of the Google Camera app from the Android Q beta 5 reads "SABRE_UNZOOMED_TELEPHOTO." XDA points out that Sabre is the internal code name at Google for the Super Res Zoom feature on the Pixel 3. This is a form of digital zoom that Google says is "roughly competitive with the 2x optical zoom lenses on many other smartphones." The resolutions listed in the leaked code for the telephoto lens suggests that this camera will weigh in at 16MP.

XDA also discovered new Google Camera sensor IDs in version 6.3 of the app. The only IDs worth noting were for a rear telephoto lens and a front-facing infrared sensor. The latter could be a Time of Flight (ToF) sensor. This technology measures the time it takes for infrared beams to bounce off the subject and return to the phone. The data is used to accurately calculate depth; it can be used on portraits and for facial recognition systems. Since the photo of the Pixel 4 that Google posted did not have a button for a fingerprint scanner, there is speculation that the phone will use only facial recognition to unlock, similar to Face ID on the Apple iPhone.

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While this could be considered good news for those who would like to see a telephoto lens and optical zoom on the next Pixel, it might be bad news for those hoping for an Ultra wide-angle lens. The sensor ID's do indicate that there will be a wide-angle selfie camera on the Pixel 4 like there is on the Pixel 3.  In addition, XDA found code that suggests that Google will improve the algorithm used for the Night Sight feature on the upcoming Pixel handsets. Night Sight allows Pixel users to take viewable pictures in low-light conditions. The code reads "getOptimize_sky" and "setSky_segmentation_gpu," which could indicate that the improvement will result in better images of the sky when Night Sight is used.


The new Pixel models are expected to be unveiled in October, both with the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform under the hood. Based on leaked measurements of the handsets, the Pixel 4 is expected to carry a screen between 5.6-inches and 5.8-inches. The Pixel 4 XL could sport a display in the neighborhood of 6.2-inches and 6.4-inches. After three generations of Pixels, Google is said to be aiming the fourth generation squarely at the Apple iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy S models.

After equipping every Pixel model with 4GB of memory, we should see an increase this year to 6GB of RAM. And we also could see both units launch with larger battery capacities than the 2915mAh and 3430mAh batteries found on the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL, respectively. This is based on leaked dimensions showing that both new units will be a little thicker than the current models.

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Pixel 4
  • Display 5.7 inches
    2280 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP (Dual camera)
    8 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
    6GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2800 mAh
  • OS Android 10

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