Google spills the beans on the Pixel camera bar design

What you need to know

  • Google initially developed the Pixel Camera Bar to address the issues of bigger camera setups and to prevent the device from wobbling when laid flat.
  • Further iterations of the bar in the Pixel 7 series were inspired by liquid metal surfaces and Material You.
  • The Pixel Fold omitted the extension along the edges to align with the device’s unique look.
  • The upcoming Pixel 8 will maintain the Pixel 7’s design from the Camera Bar.

Since the camera bar made its debut on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro in 2021, the feature quickly emerged as a staple of Pixel phones. Google calls the brainchild a “trademark” feature — which has since evolved over several iterations — and now the tech giant is spilling the beans on the feature’s evolution and design process. 

In a company blog post, Google notes that “since its debut on Pixel 6, the camera bar has become a trademark of the lineup” and makes the device stand out in a sea of similar flagship Android phones known for their camera functions.