Google is expected to release the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro smartphones in October this year. The duo is expected to see camera upgrades compared to last year’s Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro. As well as the hardware, the tech giant will reportedly debut a redesigned camera UI on the upcoming Pixel phones, and a new leak gives a glimpse of the revamped UI. The design overhaul results in a separation between the photo and video modes. Also, Google seems to have swapped the position of the camera switch and gallery button as part of the redesign.
Android Authority has released screenshots of the alleged new Google Camera UI redesign for the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro. From what we can see, the design looks fresh with a new user interface that separates photo and video modes. There is now a separate switch for switching between photo and video mode under the mode selection bar.
Google also appears to have changed the location of the camera switch button and gallery preview button, which are now on the opposite side of their former location. According to the screenshots, the settings popup is now displayed when the screen is swiped up from the bottom. The new settings icon on the bottom left can also be pressed to bring up the settings menu. In the current build of Google Camera, users have to swipe down the viewfinder to access the settings menu.
In the Google Camera app for the Pixel 8 series, Google has split the Motion tab into Long Exposure and Action Pan, and these modes have separate tabs to improve their visibility. In the current Pixel 7 phones, these modes are presently arranged within the Motion tab. Another notable thing is the change of Cinematic Pan as a special option called “Pan”.
Finally, Google seems to have removed the old Stabilization Modes menu and the options – Standard, Locked and Active – are housed in the new pop-up menu.
The Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro are set to officially launch in October this year. Both smartphones are expected to run Android 14 and feature a 120Hz refresh rate display. They are rumored to ship with a Tensor G3 chip, which is an upgrade of the Tensor G2 SoC used in the Pixel 7 series and used in the Pixel Fold.
The Pixel 8 Pro is expected to feature a triple rear camera setup consisting of a 50-megapixel primary sensor with optical image stabilization (OIS) support, a 64-megapixel ultra-wide sensor, and a 48-megapixel telephoto camera. The regular Pixel 8 could feature a dual rear camera unit consisting of a 50-megapixel Samsung ISOCELL GN2 primary sensor with OIS and a 12-megapixel ultra-wide camera.
The upcoming Pixel phones could launch with 128GB and 256GB storage options. The Pixel 8 Pro is expected to have a 4,950mAh battery with 27W support for wired fast charging. The Pixel 8, on the other hand, could pack a 4,485mAh battery with 24W wired charging and 12W wireless charging support.