Night Sight on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro is about to get a speed boost

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Google’s latest Pixel feature drop brings Magic Eraser to all devices — as promised — and a faster night mode to 2021’s flagships.

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Night Sight on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro is about to get a speed boost

Night Sight on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro is getting up to speed with the latest Pixel generation. Photo by Becca Farsace / The Verge

Google’s making good on its promise to bring a much-touted photo feature to all of its phones and has a couple of other goodies for Pixel owners in its latest feature drop. The update is being made available now to Pixel phones, and it includes Magic Eraser for all devices, a faster Night Sight for the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, and a Direct My Call enhancement for older Pixels.

Magic Eraser debuted on the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro and was also available on last year’s Pixel 7 and 7 Pro. That means it’s only been available on phones with Google’s custom Tensor chipset, which might lead you to believe it could only run on phones with Tensor. That’s clearly not the case — last month, Google announced the feature would be offered with older Pixel devices and would also come bundled with Google One subscriptions for non-Pixel Android and iOS users. That said, there are a few qualifications: your phone needs to have at least 3GB of RAM and must be running Android 8.0 or iOS 15.0 or later.

Today’s feature drop also brings one of the Pixel 7’s camera enhancements to the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro: faster Night Sight. Night mode on the Pixel 7 and 7 Pro doesn’t do anything fundamentally different; it just runs a second or two faster. That may not sound like much, but it makes a big difference in real-world use. Now, the 6 and 6 Pro will get that benefit, too, thanks to “new algorithms powered by Google Tensor,” according to a Google blog post.


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