If you were hoping to expect Google to release a Pixel 5 XL this fall along with the Pixel 5, consider your hopes cleared. And it was Google that gave the last blow.
Google has not announced anything official about its Pixel 5 plans, of course. Instead, allow your software updates to be conversations. And a camera app update included in the latest version of Android 11 beta lists the upcoming Pixel phones that will be able to run the updated software: the Pixel 5 XL is not on the list.
Credit 9to5Google with this detective job to dig into the Google Camera 7.5 update to see what’s coming to the Google camera app. The Pixel 5 is mentioned in the app, as are the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a XL, which seems to confirm that all of these models will be shipped this year. Along the same lines, the absence of the Pixel 5 XL seems to be MIA.
Despite the occasional appearance of 5 XL pixels for the presentation, it has long been rumored that Google is putting its largest Pixel on the cutting block. Instead, the latest buzz suggests it will be a 5G version of the Pixel 4a that will join the Pixel 5 later this fall. (Of course, for this scenario to occur, we should first see the Pixel 4a, and the launch is expected to be noticed.
The Camera 7.5 update also includes suggestions for new features coming to Pixel phones, including upcoming versions of Google. There is a Motion Blur mode that will join other camera modes like Night Sight and Portrait. It looks like Motion Blur will be able to focus on a specific topic, even if it’s moving: think about photos of sports and other activities where the person you’re photographing doesn’t look perfect.
An audio zoom feature in the Camera 7.5 update sounds like it will be able to direct the microphone of the phones when recording video home with anyone who has zoomed. 9to5Google offers other features that include an adjustable camera flash and the ability to share videos more easily. This latest feature expands an existing capability with still images where you can tap a button form in the viewer to share your last chance at various social networking sites and services. The Camera 7.5 update lists 25 services that will be able to share fast video shares.
The Google Pixel 4a will launch at launch on August 3, which means we should only be a few days away from the release of Google’s next big phone. Those waiting for the Pixel 5 are likely to have to hold out until the fall.