Android users will no longer be able to use the Ultrawide lens on the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G for astrophotography mode. As the name suggests, astrophotography mode is a special option that allows Google Pixel users to take pictures of the night sky. While the ultrawide lens is one of the standout camera features of the Pixel 5 and Pixel 4a 5G.
Previously, Pixel users could use these two features together, but now that option has been silently removed.
As reported by 9to5Google, Google Camera 8.1 has removed the ability to use the ultrawide lens for astrophotography.
This change was confirmed in an update of a Google support document, which now reads: “Important: With the Pixel 4a (5G) and Pixel 5, astrophotography only works with zoom settings that are at least 1x.”
While this may not have been a widespread feature, its scrapping has taken some Pixel fans by surprise.
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Regarding the feature change on the Google Pixel Reddit, one Redditor wrote: “Seriously, removing features without telling anyone is just a big mistake. It worked fine on my Pixel5, so I’d like to hear from you if they disabled it to fix it. ” when it’s gone for good “.
Another post: “Astro mode is not available if you are using the Ultra Wide with Camera 8.1. There is a popup to switch to the normal lens.”
While one Reddit user claimed the feature was disabled after some people reported a shade of green that appeared on images when the ultrawide lens was used for astro photography.
The Redditor wrote, “Camera 8.1 removed this feature for wide angle as some people were taking green-tinted astro shots. I didn’t and many others didn’t either.”
If you want, you can uninstall updates for Google Camera from the app info screen and revert to build 7.6 if you want to use the ultrawide lens for astrophotography.
On other Android news, Express.co.uk recently reported on a new Easter egg discovered in the wild on the Google Play Store.
This new Easter egg appears when an Android user tries to access the Google Play Store and has no internet.
Now, to keep people busy, Android users have the option to play a “hot air balloon” game.
This is similar to the Chrome dinosaur game that was added to the browser in 2014.
Both games feature old-school monochrome, pixelated graphics.
While the Chrome game is a side scrolling platformer, in the Hot Air Balloon game, players move vertically upwards.
As the balloon rises through the air, players must move it from left to right, collecting air bubbles, and avoiding spiky platforms.
The hot air balloon game was first spotted earlier this year, but seems to be getting a wider rollout recently.