Google Camera 9.0 update rolls out for Android 14 ahead of Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro releases

Google has now pushed its next major Camera update, which is rolling out as Google Camera 9.0. Previously, the update was rumoured to arrive after the release of the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, pre-orders for which will open on October 4. Instead, Google has issued the new update a few weeks ahead of schedule, albeit with some caveats.

As always, Google restricts its Camera app to Pixel devices. Additionally, Google Camera 9.0 will only officially run on Android 14. As such, the sole way to experience Google Camera 9.0 is by enrolling your Pixel smartphone on the Android 14 Beta Program, which is currently on Android 14 Beta 5.3. However, Android 14 is expected to reach stable status this month for Pixel smartphones or early October at the latest.

Thus, Google Camera 9.0 is likely to be one of the first app updates that a recent Pixel smartphone downloads after it finishes installing Android 14. In summary, Google Camera 9.0 adds a photo/video switcher, changes up the list of default shooting modes and removes the rounded corners from the viewfinder. Moreover, Google has inverted the shortcuts for accessing the default gallery app and Locked Folder. Please see the screenshots below for what to expect from Google Camera 9.0 and how it differs from its predecessor, Google Camera 8.9.