The latest version of the Google Camera app for Google Pixel smartphones, version 7.5, started rolling out last night. We decompiled the APK to see if we could find any clues about upcoming Pixel camera features, and we found a few noteworthy features. We also discovered more evidence that there won’t be a Pixel 5 XL model this year, but that there will be a Pixel 4a 5G in addition to the standard Pixel 4a that’s leaked extensively already.
Earlier this month, code within the Google App suggested that the two late 2020 Pixel devices will be called the Pixel 4a 5G (code-named “bramble”) and Pixel 5 (“redfin”). We’ve seen the code-names “bramble” and “redfin” before when an AOSP repository revealed that these devices will be powered by the sm7250 mobile platform, which is either the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, Snapdragon 765G, or Snapdragon 768. We’ve also seen “redfin” appear in Android 11 code for reverse wireless charging, suggesting this premium feature won’t be available on “bramble.” Once again, we’re seeing code that suggests there won’t be a Pixel 5 XL this year. A class within Google Camera 7.5 (the same Google Lens-related class as seen in the Google App, mind you) makes the same reference to “bramble” being the Pixel 4a 5G and “redfin” being the Pixel 5.
One line within a library suggests that either the Pixel 4a 5G, Pixel 5, or both devices will have dual cameras. The line makes reference to a binary called p20_dual_camera_rig_proto.binarypb that we don’t have access to. We aren’t too confident to draw any conclusions from this one line just yet, but we’ll keep an eye out for more evidence of the camera capabilities of this year’s Pixel flagships.