Last December, Google released its first decline in Pixel device features, launching a routine introduction of new features to phones every quarter. The first drop included something called automatic framing for the Google Duo. With auto-framing enabled, you can move farther away from your device, and the Duo will zoom in to focus and even follow you around the room as long as you stay in the frame. This feature has always been exclusive to the Pixel 4, but is now available in Samsung̵
I use the Duo all the time, so imagine my surprise when I noticed the automatic framing of my S20 Ultra, a device that shouldn’t have it. After registering with the rest of the team, Max Weinbach found that his S20 + also had the new addition and kindly provided the demonstration above. Max is also testing his Z Flip, Z Fold 2 and Note20 Ultra, but these devices are not currently supported.
Since Google’s support page still states that auto-framing is limited to Pixel 4, we turned to Google to see if this was intentional and on which other devices the feature would eventually come. He confirmed that it is no longer exclusive to the Pixel 4 and that it will soon be released more widely for other Samsung devices. We hope that the Note20 and Z Fold / Flip also get some love.
Distribution limited to Galaxy devices may seem strange, but Google has given them exceptional features in the past. The S20 series now has full 1080p calls over 5g, as well as AR emoticons and filters that are not available on another device.
So if you’re a Samsung user who spends a lot of time in the Duo, like me, auto-framing is on the way. When activated, it will automatically switch to wide angle mode to offer as much room for movement as possible. Unfortunately, it is still limited to the front camera, which feels like a missed opportunity when the S20 has a great ultra-wide rear.