Google Brings Back Photo Sphere Mode, But Only on Some Pixel Phones

Google Brings Back Photo Sphere Mode, But Only on Some Pixel Phones
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In a move that has delighted fans of mobile photography, Google has announced the return of Photo Sphere mode to select Pixel phones. Photo Sphere, which allows users to capture immersive 360-degree images, was first introduced in 2012 and quickly became a popular feature. However, it was removed from the Pixel 4 in 2019, much to the disappointment of many users.

What is Photo Sphere?

Photo Sphere is a camera mode that allows users to capture a complete 360-degree view of their surroundings. This is achieved by taking a series of overlapping photos, which are then stitched together by software to create a seamless panoramic image. Photo Spheres can be viewed in a variety of ways, including on smartphones, tablets, and VR headsets.

Why was Photo Sphere removed?

Google has not officially stated why Photo Sphere was removed from the Pixel 4. However, there are a few possible explanations:

  • Google felt that the feature was no longer being used by enough users to justify its continued development
  • Google was looking for ways to improve battery life on the Pixel 4, and Photo Sphere was one of the features that was cut

Which Pixel phones have Photo Sphere?

The good news for fans of Photo Sphere is that the feature is making a comeback on some Pixel phones. The following Pixel phones have access to the revived Photo Sphere mode:

  • Pixel 6
  • Pixel 6 Pro
  • Pixel 6a

It is important to note that Photo Sphere is not available on older Pixel phones, such as the Pixel 4 and Pixel 5.

Google Brings Back Photo Sphere Mode, But Only on Some Pixel Phones
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How to check for the update

If you have a Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro, or Pixel 6a, you can check for the update that brings back Photo Sphere mode by following these steps:

  1. Open the Google Camera app.
  2. Tap on the Settings icon (gear icon).
  3. Scroll down and tap on “About Google Camera.”
  4. If an update is available, you will see a notification. Tap on “Update” to install the update.
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Alternative methods for taking panoramic photos

If you do not have a Pixel phone that supports Photo Sphere, there are a few alternative methods for taking panoramic photos:

  • Use a third-party camera app that offers a panoramic mode (many free options on Google Play)
  • Use the built-in panorama mode on your phone’s default camera app

The future of Photo Sphere

The return of Photo Sphere to Pixel phones is a welcome development for fans of mobile photography. It remains to be seen whether Google will bring the feature back to older Pixel phones or make it available on all future Pixel devices. However, the fact that Google has brought back Photo Sphere at all suggests that the company is still committed to providing its users with innovative and creative camera features.


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