Google Pixel 6a’s Camouflage Tool in Photos App Now Available on Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro

It's a more subtle approach to hiding unwanted details in a photo.

Google Pixel 6a’s Camouflage Tool in Photos App Now Available on Pixel 6, Pixel 6 Pro

Google’s Pixel 6a smartphone was the first phone to feature the Camouflage tool in its Photos app

  • The Camouflage tool was earlier only available on Pixel 6a
  • It works differently compared to the Magic Eraser tool in the Photos app
  • It will be rolled out via a server-side update

After showcasing the Magic Eraser tool with the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, Google recently introduced a new Camouflage tool with its Pixel 6a smartphone, which also makes use of the same Tensor processor. In an earlier report it was made official that the new tool would make its way to the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro models as soon as the Pixel 6a went on sale (28 July), but that did not happen. Instead, the roll out of the new feature began today.

As reported by 9to5Google, the Camouflage tool has started appearing on Google's Pixel 6 and 6 Pro smartphones globally. Gadgets 360 has independently verified the same as well. The update as per the source is a server-side one, so users will not need to update the Photos app on their Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro smartphones.

The Magic Eraser tool can be used to remove unwanted objects from an image and fill the area; the results were not always perfect. The Camouflage tool takes a more subtle approach. Upon selecting the unwanted object in the Photos app, the tool will adjust the colour of the unwanted object by desaturating it, making it merge with the background and stand out less, keeping your subject or object in focus with lesser visually distracting elements around it.

The Google Pixel 6a was the first smartphone to feature the Camouflage tool in the Photos app. The phone, unlike past mid-range and budget smartphones from Google with the ‘a' branding, is the first to get a flagship-grade Tensor processor, which has been designed by Google.

The phone features a dual camera setup with a 12-megapixel primary camera and 12-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera. The Pixel 6a has a 6.1-inch full-HD+ (1,080 x 2,400 pixels) OLED display, which still features a standard 60Hz screen refresh rate. There's a 4410mAh battery that gets fast charging support, but Google hasn't included a charger in the box.

Is Pixel 6a the best camera phone under Rs. 50,000? We discuss this on Orbital, the Gadgets 360 podcast. Orbital is available on Spotify, Gaana, JioSaavn, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts, Amazon Music and wherever you get your podcasts.
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  • NEWS
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery Life
  • Camera
  • Value for Money
  • Good
  • IP67-rated design
  • Impressive cameras for photos
  • Vibrant OLED display
  • Stock Android 13 software
  • Bad
  • Plastic back is prone to scratches
  • 60Hz display does not feel fluid
  • Cannot handle heavy gaming
  • Recorded video needs work
  • Relatively slow charging, no wireless charging
  • Battery life could be better
Display 6.10-inch
Processor Google Tensor
Front Camera 8-megapixel
Rear Camera 12.2-megapixel + 12-megapixel
Storage 128GB
Battery Capacity 4410mAh
OS Android 13
Resolution 1080x2400 pixels

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Sheldon Pinto
Sheldon Pinto is based in Mumbai, and has several years of experience in reviewing smartphones and gadgets. As a Senior Reviewer at Gadgets 360, you will always find him deeply immersed in his reviews, switching from one phone to another. When the battery dies out, Sheldon is always browsing the web for a good sci-fi movie or reading up on cars and bikes. He also loves creating lists of interesting places to eat and travel. Sheldon is available on Twitter at @shellshocd, and you can mail him at ...More
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