With the Pixel 4, Google Camera gained a “Frequent Faces” feature to “recognize and recommend better shots of the faces you photograph the most or record the most,” but has been quietly in recent months. was disabled.
When your camera finds and recommends other shots in your photo or instant video, your camera recognizes which shots include the faces you capture most often. Then, your camera recommends better photos of those faces.
Frequent Faces works by saving “data about faces you photograph or record”. It works across devices and no data is sent to Google. You’ll have to enable it manually (on Pixel 4 and newer), while turning it off will delete any saved face data. This can be done from the main camera settings list between “Gestures” and “Device Storage”.
On the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro, Google uses Frequent Face as part of Real Tone to “help the camera show skin tones more accurately,” while improved auto-whitening for recognized ones Balance is another advantage.
As seen on Reddit today, there’s a thread on the Pixel Help forum from May that confirms (per product expert) that Frequent Faces was “temporarily disabled.” There are no details about why the ability was pulled, or when it will return.
This feature was temporarily disabled, and a solution for it is forthcoming. There is no time limit on release yet. I will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
It’s still not available on both Android 12 (including Pixel 6a) and Pixel phones as of June 13 as of Google Camera 8.5. Overall, the situation appears to be different from when the Pixel 5 and 4a 5G’s ultrawide lenses were disabled for astrophotography in 2020.
Frequent Faces is still advertised as one of the Pixel 6a’s “camera features” in the Google Store specs list. Meanwhile, the Pixel Camera page advertises you as “getting more smiles and fewer eyelashes.”
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