Bolster Those Cameras
The Google Pixel has been largely dependable when it comes to photography, and I don’t expect that to change anytime soon. The devs for the Pixel line have really found harmony between software and hardware, and that mesh leads to consistently great shots from the Pixel line. In recent years, Samsung and Apple have both caught up to the Pixel in terms of photo quality though, and video quality isn’t even a competition. This is where the Pixel can take a huge step forward and once again set the gold standard for camera experience on a smartphone.
It will take more than just fancy software tricks to accomplish this though, as both Samsung and Apple have aggressively upgraded their camera hardware to make a difference. Google will need to take a similar approach while also leaning on its first-in-class computational photography features to truly compete.
The selfie camera could also use a bump, as currently, it’s as inconsistent as the battery life. If the lighting is perfect, pictures turn out excellent, but recording videos can be sketchy regardless.
I would also like to see a renewed interest in improving video quality overall. The upgrades made with the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro were a start, but there’s still work to be done.