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Google Pixel camera app is getting external microphone support

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Ahead of its Pixel 3 launch on Thursday, Google has confirmed that the Pixel camera app is coming with an external microphone support.

“At the same time as ‘Pixel 3’ launch (October 18), we will introduce support for Android-compatible plugged-in external microphones in the default camera app for all Pixels,” a Pixel employee said on an old post on Google product.

This update incorporating the external microphone support on older Pixel phones should become available at the same time as the retail launch of “Pixel 3”, The Verge reported on Sunday.

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Some third-party Android camera apps like “Open Camera” have already allowed external microphones to record audio while creators and users recorded video using a Pixel device.

Apart from rolling out the external microphone support to the Pixel phones, the older models are also set to gain many new camera software features.

The search-engine giant officially took the veils off Pixel 3 alongside a bigger Pixel 3 XL smartphone on October 9.

Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL: Price, availability and specs

Pixel 3 comes with a 5.5-inch OLED display, 2915mAh battery and 8MP+8MP front-facing cameras. The Pixel 3 XL follows the ongoing trend and features a notch with a bigger 6.3-inch display.

The Pixel 3 smartphone will cost Rs 71,000 for the 64GB variant in India and up to Rs 80,000 for the 128GB storage variant, whereas “Pixel 3 XL” will be available at Rs 83,000 for the 64GB variant and up to Rs 92,000 for the 128GB model.

Earlier this month, Google also announced that they’ll be shutting down Google+ amidst privacy and security concerns, and have also ended support for its smart reply app. Google is now testing ‘Explore’ interface on Chrome browser.

They also challenged the European Commission’s $5 billion fine that was imposed on them in July for illegally using Android devices for their personal gains — strengthening the dominance of Google’s Search engine.

Also read: If Google says a website isn’t secure, what does it really mean?