Pixel 8 features that almost made the cut!


Google, like many other companies, prototype devices ahead of launch. This usually means that what we see in the final retail version could look very different from what the company had originally envisioned. This was pretty much the case with the brand new Pixel 8 phones, and apparently there were a bunch of features that Google scrapped.

This is according to a report from Mishaal Rahman over at Android Authority where they dug into the code and discovered a handful of features that apparently did not make the final cut.

One of those features came in the form of 8K video recording. Right now, the Pixel 8 only supports 4K video recording at 60fps, but apparently the Tensor G3 chipset supports 8K at 30fps, so it’s not really a hardware limitation but apparently it is because the software isn’t ready yet.

Another camera feature that did not make the final release was a super slow-motion video recording tool. At the moment, the Pixel 8 can capture slow-motion video at 1080p at 240fps, but apparently Google had plans to allow users to capture 720p video at 480fps, but this obviously did not pan out.

Last but not least, it seems that Google decided not to ship the Pixel 8 phones with support for DisplayPort Alternate Mode. This feature was initially discovered back in June earlier this year and would basically be Google’s answer to features like Samsung DeX. It is unclear why this was not shipped, but as Rahman speculates, Google could be waiting until Android’s desktop mode revamp is complete before maybe introducing it in a later update.

Source: Android Authority

Tyler Lee
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