The Google Pixel and Pixel XL are the company’s in-house smartphones replacing the Nexus smartphones that come with OEM’s logo. Unlike the Nexus series, the Pixel smartphones are priced on par with the other premium smartphones and features flagship specifications. The devices are well received in the market for its amazing camera capabilities. It comes with a 12.3MP rear camera which is also the highest rated smartphone camera according to DxOMark. With 1.55μm large pixels and f/2.0 aperture, the Pixel and Pixel XL captures amazing photos in low-light conditions.
Now, Google mentioned that the camera software on the Pixel smartphones is actually the one from the Gcam, that was earlier developed for the Google Glass. According to Google, the Gcam improves mobile photography using techniques from computational photography and is now part of the Google Research. With the camera on Google Glass, the users can capture photos and videos in first person view. The HDR+ technology was first debuted in 2013 with Google Glass and was later introduced with the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 smartphones.
With the Pixel smartphones, the HDR+ technology from Gcam was made the default mode. Even the Lens Blur feature in the Google Camera app is also said to be developed by the Gcam team. As the camera sensor on the Google Glass needs to be smaller in size, it might have helped the Google Pixel devices to skip the camera bump that can be found on other premium smartphones like Galaxy S7 and iPhone 7. The team that worked on the Gcam is now part of the various portfolios across Android, YouTube, Google Photos and Jump, the 360˚Virtual Reality camera rig.
In the second half of 2017, we will see two new Pixel smartphones as the successors to the Pixel and Pixel XL. The leaks suggest the upcoming Pixel smartphones to be codenamed as Muskie & Walleye. The first-gen Pixel smartphones came with the codenames Marlin & Sailfish. Both these new devices will be running on the latest Android O. Earlier this month, Google released the developer preview of the new Android O for the Pixel and few Nexus smartphones.