After a report that Google Pixel phones were getting Night Sight timelapse, now it’s official. In Pixel 4 and later phones, you can now automatically capture a night timelapse while shooting astrophotography. This feature arrives with a few more updates, so let’s dive in and see what’s new.
Pixel 4 and 5 have had the Night Sight mode, dedicated particularly to astrophotography. Until now, you were able to only capture photos, but Pixel 4 and later phones can now capture a timelapse of the night, too. When you update your camera app, this feature will be enabled automatically, Google notes. But if you don’t want it, you can turn it off. Open the Google Camera and tap the Down arrow at the top. Tap Settings > Advanced, and turn off Enable timelapse for astrophotography.
In the announcement video, Google markets the new feature as a “video,” although it’s not exactly a classic video. It’s basically a timelapse, a short animation from the photos of the sky taken during a long exposure. Here’s a little preview:
As for the other features, there’s now also a Locked Folder in Google Photos. It’s made for “photos and videos that need a little extra privacy — like pictures of an upcoming gift for a loved one, or screenshots of your recent receipts,” Google writes, although I had something else in mind. You can move private photos and videos to this folder manually, and you can access them using a passcode or a fingerprint. You can also save your photos straight to the Locked Folder as you take them so they won’t show up in shared albums, Memories, or any other apps on your phone.
Pixel phone and voice features have been improved as well, and more languages and dialects have been added. Since June is Pride Month, there are also new wallpapers and ringtones to celebrate it.
Make sure to update your apps in order to see all the new features, including the Night Sight timelapse. And if you try it out, let us know if you’re satisfied.