Android Developer Page xda developers have received a pre-release version of the Camera app developed for Google's upcoming Pixel 4. Therefore, of course, the website has loaded it on a pixel 2XL.

Most of the settings shown in the screenshots were already present in Camera 6.x, but even longtime pixel users may have been forgiven if they did not know they existed. Where Camera 6.x hides them in five separate menus, each one behind a tiny, non-intuitive icon at the top of the viewfinder, Camera 7.0 combines them into a single, much easier-to-read menu. You can access this one context-sensitive preference menu (the options differ, for example, between night-vision mode and normal camera mode) by either tapping a drop-down arrow or swiping down on the viewfinder.

Behind the scenes, xda developers report that they've found a new Scene Recognition Code, integrated with an advanced "Camera Coaching" feature that provides tips for capturing better images. If you are fed up with "Try Night Sight" or "Try Portrait Mode" when taking pictures, you can also disable the feature completely – at least as far as we can tell, in Camera 6.x you are stuck firmly.

As always with pixel phones, the full extent of changes in Camera 7.0 is likely to remain dark until you play with the actual app. Pixel phones use artificial intelligence techniques to automatically enhance and edit images, and we're not sure yet how much has changed there – or how much of that is related to the hardware version of the phone and not to the camera app itself ,

There were many rumors about Pixel 4 (some directly from Google!), But the official release date of the phone remains unannounced. For more information on Camera 7.0, see Mishaal Rahman's original overview of the leaked APK.