[Update: Includes Bluetooth mic support] Google Camera 8.4.167 starts rolling out through the Play Store

[Update: Includes Bluetooth mic support] Google Camera 8.4.167 starts rolling out through the Play Store

Update (10/26/2021 @ 10:59 ET): The Google Camera update also brings support for Bluetooth mics. Scroll to the bottom for more information. The article as published on October 26, 2021, is preserved below.

Google’s all-new Pixel 6 series comes with several improvements over the previous Pixel model. Along with the new Google Tensor SoC, high refresh rate displays, and fast charging support, the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro pack significantly better camera hardware. In addition, Google has introduced a bunch of new camera features with the devices, and those should now be available for all early Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro buyers with the new Google Camera update.

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When the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro first reached reviewers, the devices were running pre-release software. Google then released an early Google Camera update for reviewers, featuring several improvements and a few new features. The update (v8.4.167) has now started rolling out through the Play Store. So, if you’ve pre-ordered a Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro, you will receive the update as soon as you set up your device.

As confirmed by Mishaal Rahman on Twitter, Google Camera 8.4.167 is now available on the Play Store. The update includes a few new features, including a Timer light, a manual white balance toggle, and a manual exposure toggle, along with some performance improvements.

At the moment, the update doesn’t seem to be available for older Pixel devices. I sideloaded it on my Pixel 4a, but the camera app crashed after a few seconds. So I wasn’t able to check if the features mentioned above were available on older Pixel models or not. Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro users shouldn’t face any such issues, though.

Google will start shipping the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro later this week. You should receive the latest Google Camera update as soon as you set up your device. If you don’t, you can try sideloading the APK from APKMirror.


Google Camera 8.4.167 also enables Bluetooth mic support

In addition to the features mentioned above, the latest Google Camera update also adds Bluetooth mic support. Mishaal first spotted this feature in an APK teardown last month, and it has now started rolling out with the latest update.  As you can see in the attached tweet, the app now shows a Microphone option in the settings pop-up. The option lets you connect switch from your phone’s microphone to that of a Bluetooth device, like the Pixel Buds.

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A Literature and Linguistics graduate with a keen interest in everything Android. When not writing about tech, Pranob spends most of his time either playing League of Legends or lurking on Reddit.