Google will update the camera application on their Pixel smartphones to work with external microphones when recording a video, confirmed an employee of the application's engineering team. Android Police reported on the upcoming show on Friday.
The Pixel is known for producing incredible still photos, and Google developed an impressive stabilization for the end of the video. But Pixel's microphones only capture regular audio. External microphones that connect to the USB-C port (or the headphone jack in the case of the original Pixel) can solve this problem.
Some third-party Android camera applications such as Open Camera already allow external microphones to record audio while Pixel handles video. But having the option in the application of values will be good for vloggers and other people who use Pixel as a tool for creating content.
This update should be available approximately at the same time as the retail launch of Pixel 3 on October 18. "At the same time as the release of Pixel 3 (October 18), we will introduce support for plug-in external microphones compatible with Android in the default camera application for all pixels," the engineer wrote in the Google forums. If you know a well-reviewed external microphone that works with Android, list it in the comments, since I've only used some of Shure and Apogee in iOS.
Compatibility with the external microphone is somewhat niche, but remember that older pixels are also configured to obtain several of the new features of the camera software that Google showed in the Pixel 3 event.