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The Google Pixel 6 pioneered a number of camera features such as Face Unblur, Magic Eraser, and Action Pan. Those features are Pixel 6 exclusive as far as we can tell, but there was some other quality of life improvements too. Features such as the ability to modify exposure and “Timer Light” were also added, and now you can get those features on older Google Pixel smartphones. Google Camera 8.4 is available, and it can be sideloaded on your smartphone now.
This update to Google Camera isn’t available on the Google Play Store yet for most users, but you can grab it from APKMirror. I sideloaded it on my Google Pixel 5 and it crashed repeatedly, but it worked fine on my Google Pixel 4a. Your mileage may therefore vary.
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Both Timer Light and the ability to modify the exposure debuted on the Google Pixel 6. You can disable the exposure option if you’d prefer to let the phone do the work for you and to have an uncluttered camera viewfinder, but it’s always nice to have more options to play with. As for Timer Light, it uses the flash on the back of your phone as a countdown.
Finally, the arrow at the top that brings down the settings has also been modified so that it will show either a settings cog or a half-moon when auto night sight is enabled. This makes it clearer for users to know where to go to disable night sight or how to access their camera’s settings if they want to. On account of the left punch-hole on the Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a, this has been moved to the middle, instead of on the left-hand side like on the Pixel 6 series.
While it’s unlikely we’ll see some of the other Pixel 6 features coming to these older devices, you can still get the Pixel 6’s Magic Eraser on older Pixels thanks to Google Photos. Let us know in the comments if you do sideload the latest Google Camera update and if it works for you or not.


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The company has made smartphone cases that have been designed specifically with minimalists in mind or just those that hate adding yet more bulk to their pocket. Every single case from PHNX is ideally suited to those that want to not only protect their prized possession but don’t want to lose functionality and — most importantly — form. That’s an important differentiator given the large footprints of the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, which come in at 6.4-inches and 6.67-inches respectively.
There are a ton of cases out there that claim total device coverage but not very many can offer protection without increasing device bulk quite substantially. PHNX Pixel 6 cases have always taken a different approach for the unique contours of the latest Made by Google smartphone series. Rather than being heavy and bulky, these cases let you enjoy the unique look and feel of your brand new smartphone but without any sort of over-the-top branding or logos — meaning you’re not inadvertently advertising a brand simply by protecting your phone.
At just 0.35mm or 0.01-inches thin, you’ll benefit from an extra layer of protection without needing to make more room in your pocket or sacrifice the curves and contours of either of the massive late-2021 flagship Pixel handsets. If you want to protect your display, all PHNX cases play nicely with screen protectors and other common accessories such as smartphone grips.
Not wanting to hinder access to important buttons and controls, PHNX has paid close attention to access to things such as charge port, volume and power buttons on each of their ultra-thin cases. Every single case for Pixel 6 (or any other device) is lazer cut for precise access to all of the most important portions of your smartphone — including the speakers. There is also a raised lip around the precious rear camera bar/visor to ensure it’s protected when placed on flat surfaces — especially across the curved glass corners.
With the Pixel 6 weighing in at 207g and the Pixel 6 Pro at 210g, neither option would be considered “lightweight” by modern smartphone standards. Luckily each and every PHNX case is for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro adds no noticeable extra mass without sacrificing protection. The color options are simple and refined with Frosted White, Frosted Black and, Matte Black available:
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