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Google is adding a much needed time-lapse camera mode to its Pixel phones

Sure, OK. Why not?

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Google’s Pixel phones are fantastic devices, mainly for their cameras. However, one noticeably absent thing the models are missing is a time-lapse camera mode. None of these phones have it. Well, that’s all changing. Google announced at its annual I/O developer conference that it’s adding this new camera mode to all of its Pixel devices.

What’s a time lapse? Mostly, it’s this. If you were too lazy to click the link, time lapses are basically a bunch of still photos taken over a certain period and then stitched together to form a short video. Click the link that I dropped earlier in this paragraph, and you’ll get a better sense of what I’m talking about.

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The time-lapse camera mode is now available on the original Google Pixel, Pixel 2, and the Pixel 3 (you’ll have to update the camera app to get it). Additionally, it will also be available on the new Google Pixel 3A and Pixel 3A XL.

To start using Google’s new time-lapse feature, head on over to your camera app. From here, swipe over to “More.” The time-lapse mode can be found in the same grid you would typically find other options like Night Sight, Lens, and Slow Motion.

I have an iPhone, and this feature comes stock out of the box. I can probably say I have used this feature probably once or twice. I really don’t have any need for it, but then again, I’m not one to take a lot of pictures or videos, so the feature isn’t really meant for me. Who knows if this feature will get used a lot on Pixel devices.

In any event, it’s available now for Pixel users to try for themselves.

Do you plan on using this new time-lapse feature on your Pixel device? Have any thoughts on this? Let us know down below in the comments or carry the discussion over to our Twitter or Facebook.

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