Google Pixel phones may finally get 4K/60fps video recording

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Google's Pixel smartphones are well-known for their prowess in the realm of still photography, however, they're less well regarded when it comes to capturing video. 

That could very well change, however, with a new teardown of the latest camera APK (Android Package) revealing some interesting insights about what Google is apparently planning for the Pixel's video mode.

According to cstark27 (opens in new tab) of XDA Developers (opens in new tab), there's evidence in the Google Camera 7.4 APK to suggest that the search giant is finally going to bring a feature that's still absent in its Pixel smartphones – 4K video at 60fps.

Google Camera 7.4 APK leak

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Julio Lusson (opens in new tab) of the YouTube channel TecnoLike Plus (opens in new tab) provided XDA Developers with the APK, which was reportedly obtained from an early Pixel 4a device. 

Before long, cstark27 spotted code for a 'camcorder.4k60fps' mode within the APK, however, no resources or assets attributed to the alleged mode have been discovered as yet.

At present, it's unknown which Pixel model the new mode is intended for, or if it will even end up making it into a live build. That said, XDA believes it's possible the feature could make into the Pixel 4 at some point as part of a feature dump, or could even be something that Google is saving for the Pixel 5.

Stephen Lambrechts
Senior Journalist, Phones and Entertainment

Stephen primarily covers phones and entertainment for TechRadar's Australian team, and has written professionally across the categories of tech, film, television and gaming in both print and online for over a decade. He's obsessed with smartphones, televisions, consoles and gaming PCs, and has a deep-seated desire to consume all forms of media at the highest quality possible. 


He's also likely to talk a person’s ear off at the mere mention of Android, cats, retro sneaker releases, travelling and physical media, such as vinyl and boutique Blu-ray releases. Right now, he's most excited about QD-OLED technology, The Batman and Hellblade 2: Senua's Saga.