What You Need to KnowThe Google Photos APK results hint at a potentially new exclusive feature for the Pixel 8. Video Unblur would presumably work similarly to Photo Unblur on the Pixel 7, but for video. New video overlays have also been spotted in the Google Photos app.
Google Photos is an excellent tool for Android smartphones, especially Pixel devices. Since Google makes them, they have some exclusive extras, like Photo Unblur and (formerly) Magic Eraser.
New insights from 9to5Google now suggest that Google Photos may be working on a similar new feature for the upcoming Pixel 8 series, due to launch later this year.
The latest APK results from 9to5Google point to a new video blur feature that may be ready for Google Pixel 8 to launch in the Google Photos app. For the uninitiated, Photo Unblur on the Pixel 7 series harnesses the power of Tensor G2 to reduce blur on an image that might have been a little off when it was taken, or to remaster an older photo that might not be very clear.
9to5 says a similar tool is apparently being brought to video, likely for the next flagship launch of the Pixel 8, renders of which were recently leaked.
Screenshots from 9to5’s report show the unblur effect being implemented in a video, although the feature appears to be a work in progress. We could expect fully sharpened video (once the feature is live) that would otherwise have been blurry in some cases.
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Nonetheless, this could still be a preview of one of the exclusive features for upcoming Pixel phones, or it could be introduced through a future feature drop for current or upcoming Pixel devices like the Pixel 7a.
Google had a similar approach for the HDR Effects feature in Google Photos, which debuted for stills and was recently added to videos. It’s still speculative at this point, although it’s possible the feature will require the upcoming Tensor G3 chip, which will likely power the Pixel 8.
Although the Magic Eraser was initially exclusive to Pixels, the feature was eventually rolled out to older Pixels and other Android phones (via a Google One subscription).
Recent APK results also revealed other additional features for video editing beyond video blur, including a new “Overlays” tab. These are new video effects that act like filters over an edited video.
There are 14 in total: After School, B&W, Chromatic, Forward, Glassy, Golden, Moire, Multiply, Polaroid, Rainbow Rays, Reflect, RGB Pulse, Super 8, and VHS. Effects like Chromatic are meant to add an aberration effect and Super 8 for old classic video styles.
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