Google is rolling out a big update for the camera app on Wear OS; The Android app is also updated: report

Google has reportedly started rolling out updates for its Camera apps on Android and Wear OS. The Google Camera app for Pixel devices is getting minor updates, but the Wear OS app, which basically functions as a remote control for Pixel owners, is getting some big updates and a complete overhaul from the previous version. The camera app on Wear OS has needed updating for quite some time now. Google is also expected to launch its new Pixel Watch, which will run the latest Wear OS, in the coming months.

The Google Camera app has now been updated to version 8.6 and according to a report by 9to5Google, the update is available for download through the Google Play Store. The app brings a complete overhaul keeping the new Material You guidelines in mind and looks fresh and new compared to the previous version (8.1), which was stuck on the old Android Wear era design.

There’s now a hamburger icon located at the top inside a pill-shaped button, which when pressed expands to reveal camera and timer options. The shutter button has now moved down while the zoom controls are on the right side as a slider. According to the report, the interface is still buggy, but live previews when using the app as a remote control appear blurrier than the previous version.

While the Google Camera app on Wear OS has received a design overhaul, the search giant has also rolled out an update to its Android app available on Pixel smartphones. According to another report by 9to5Googlethere is a minor tweak to the UI, with additional modes in the Camera UI Modes tab being grouped together in a bubble.

A bigger update is the availability of speech enhancement mode for the rear camera when recording video. The mode was previously only available on the front camera of Pixel 6, 6 Pro and 6A smartphones and worked to filter out ambient noise (wind, traffic and crowds) while recording selfie videos in 1080p at 30 fps.

While it’s nice to see Google updating the Camera app on Wear OS, all eyes are on the next Pixel Watch, which the company unveiled at the recent Google I/O alongside the Pixel 6a smartphone. Once launched, it is expected to run on the Wear OS platform and will come with Fitbit integration for fitness activity tracking. It will feature a circular display with curved glass protection and a stainless steel case. The smartwatch will also support Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Wallet. It can also be used as a remote control for compatible smart home devices.


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