If you were hoping against the hope that Google will release a Pixel 5 XL this fall along with the Pixel 5, consider that your hopes are gone. And it was Google that delivered the final blow.
Google has not announced anything official about its Pixel 5 plans, of course. Rather, it is allowing its software updates to speak. And a Camera app update included in the latest beta of Android 11 lists the upcoming Pixel phones that will be able to run the updated software – the Pixel 5 XL is not among the list.
Credit 9to5Google with this detective work to dig into the Google Camera 7.5 update to see what̵7;s coming into the Google Camera app. The Pixel 5 is mentioned in the app, such as the Pixel 4a and Pixel 4a XL, which seems to confirm that all those models will ship this year. Along the same lines, the apparent lack of Pixel 5 XL confirms that it is MIA.
Despite the occasional appearance of the Pixel 5 XL, it has been rumored for some time that Google is putting its largest Pixel in the pressure block. Rather, 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 that scenario to happen, we would have to look at Pixel 4a first, and that rumored release continues to be pushed back.)
The 7.5 Camera update also includes suggestions for new features to come on Pixel phones, including upcoming Google releases. Prominent in the update are a Blur mode which will merge with other camera formats like Night Sight and Portrait. Motion Blur sounds like it will be able to focus on a specific topic, even if it is on the go – think of photos of sports and other activities where the person you are photographing is not standing perfectly.
An audio zoom feature in the 7.5 Camera update sounds like it will be able to steer the phone microphone when shooting video at home, to anyone you have zoomed in on. Other features discovered by 9to5Google include an adjustable camera flash and the ability to share video more easily. This latest feature extends a feature that already exists with smooth images where you can tap a button shape inside the viewfinder to share your latest shot on various social media sites and services. The 7.5 Camera Update lists 25 such services that will be able to deliver fast video.
The Google Pixel 4a is expected to launch on August 3, which means we should be just a few days away from unveiling Google’s next big phone. Those waiting for the Pixel 5 will likely have to keep away until the fall.