Last December, Google released its first feature drop for Pixel devices, ending the routine of bringing new capabilities to phones every quarter. Something included in the first drop was called auto-framing for Google Duo. With auto-framing enabled, you can walk further away from your device, and the Duo will zoom in to keep you focused and even follow you around the room as long as you’re within the shot . This feature was always exclusive to the Pixel 4, but is now available on Samsung’s Galaxy S20 range.
I use the Duo constantly, so imagine my surprise when I did auto-framing on my S20 Ultra, which is not the case. After checking in with the rest of the team, Max Weinbach discovers that there is also a new addition to his S20 +, and he kindly provided the performance above. Max also tested its Z Flip, Z Fold 2 and Note 20 Ultra, but those devices are not currently supported.
As Google’s support page still lists auto-framing as being limited to Pixel 4, we reached out to Google to see if this was done intentionally, and ultimately which other devices have this feature Will come. This confirms that it is no longer exclusive to the Pixel 4 and that it will soon be rolling out more widely to other Samsung devices. Hopefully, the Note20 and Z fold / flip devices get some love.
The rollout being limited to Galaxy devices may seem strange, but Google has given them special features in the past. The S20 series already has 5g at full 1080p as well as AR emoji and filters not accessible on any other device.
So, if you are a Samsung user who spends a lot of time on the Duo, then auto-framing, like me, is on the way. When activated, it will automatically switch to wide-angle mode to offer as much wiggle room as possible. Sadly, it is still limited to the front camera, which seems like a missed opportunity when the S20 has a stunning ultra-wide rear.