If you were hoping for Google’s Pixel 5 XL release this fall, consider your hopes broken. And this is Google, which delivered the last blow.
Of course, Google has not announced anything official about its Pixel 5 plans. Instead, it allows software updates to speak. And the Camera app update included in the latest beta versions of Android 11 includes a list of upcoming Pixel phones that will be able to run the updated software – Pixel 5 XL is not listed.
Credit 9to5Google with this detective work for uploading an update to Google Camera 7.5 to see what’s coming into the Google Camera app. Pixel 5 is featured in the app, as are Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a XL, which would seem to confirm that all of these models will ship this year. In the same line, the absence of the Pixel 5 XL seems to confirm that it is an MIA.
Despite the occasional surface finish of Pixel 5 XL pixels, it has been said for some time that Google is placing its larger pixel on the mower. Recent announcements instead suggest that it will be a 5G version of Pixel 4a that will join Pixel 5 later in the fall. (Of course, for this scenario to happen, we̵7;d have to look at Pixel 4a first, and this launch that’s being talked about is still being pushed back.)
Camera 7.5 also includes tips for new features coming to Pixel phones, including upcoming Google releases. The update lists Motion Blur modes that connect to other camera modes such as Night Sight and Portrait. Motion Blur sounds as if it can focus on a specific subject, even when it’s in motion – think about photos of sports and other activities where the person you’re photographing isn’t perfectly at peace.
The audio zoom feature in Camera 7.5 sounds as if it could point the phone’s microphone home at the person you zoomed in on when capturing video. Other features discovered by 9to5Google include an adjustable camera flash and the ability to share videos more easily. This last feature extends the options that already exist with still images, where you can click the button form in the viewfinder to share your latest images on various social networks and services. The Camera 7.5 update includes 25 such services that will be able to share videos quickly.
Google Pixel 4a is scheduled to launch on August 3, which means we should only be a few days away from the discovery of another large Google phone. Those waiting for Pixel 5 will probably have to last until the fall.