Over the past years, Google Pixel lineup has been consolidating its presence with some of the best smartphone cameras. However, this does not come with the use of advanced hardware. Instead, the company employs an advanced set of algorithms within its Camera App – the GCAM, or Google Camera. It’s a power-packed application that drivers all the insane features present on Google Pixel smartphones and any other device running GCam Mods. Besides all the awesomeness brought by this app, there are some annoying features as well. This is something that anyone using Google Camera learned to deal with. One of the best examples is the way the app’s file management policy for handling Portrait mode pictures.
For every Portrait Shot, Google Camera creates a dedicated folder to hold two images. One has the applied blurred background processing, very characteristic from Portrait Shots, the other is the standard photo. This is very confusing management, especially if you use any Gallery application other than Google Photos. It took several years, but Google finally realized how annoying this feature might be.
A new naming scheme for Google Camera 7.5 update
According to Android Police, starting with V7.5 update, that’s no longer going to be the case. Portrait Mode shots will be saved in the base Camera folder. Moreover, the upcoming films will be named different altogether. According to the new convention, portraits will now be named “PXL_YYYYMMDD_HHMMSS.PORTRAIT-01.COVER.jpg” – The 01 will be replaced with 02 for the image without the applied blur. This is much better than the previous naming scheme which also was very confusing.
Worth noting that the new update will change the way regular shots are named. They will be named “PXL_YYYYMMDD_HHMMSS.jpg”. Of course, this will vary by the photo mode used. For example, Motion photos will add an “MP” before the .jpg extension. Night Shots will pop-out with a “NIGHT”. As a result, you’ll be able to recognize every photo much easier when navigating through a file manager or even PC. Another interesting development is that the “PXL” prefix will replace the “IMG” of old.
As aforementioned, these changes will only appear in the Google Camera 7.5 update. For now, it is running in beta status and is only supported by Android 11. We believe that the official launch of the new app will happen alongside the reveal of the Pixel 5. Google often drops massive updates for its GCam app with newer Pixel phones. So we still have two months, at the very least, of waiting.