Google’s Camera app has a few fascinating idiosyncrasies that anyone who’s dealt with Pixel phones has had to come to terms with. One of them is its file management policy for handling Portrait mode shots – for each one of these, it creates a dedicated folder to hold two images, one with the applied blurred background processing and one that is as shot. This has proven problematic for viewing in basically any app that’s not Google Photos, on desktop too.
As reported by AndroidPolice, starting with v7.5, that’s no longer going to be the case – Portrait mode shots will be saved in the base Camera folder. If you’re a smartphone reviewer that means no longer having to go through hoops to compare two portraits on a PC. If you’re a regular person it means your portraits will observe the chronology of all your other photos.
Further helping with this is the fact that files will be named differently altogether. According to the new convention, portraits will now be named PXL_YYYYMMDD_HHMMSS.PORTRAIT-01.COVER.jpg with the 01 replaced with 02 for the pre-blur image. Compare that to the old-style 00100*PORTRAIT_00100_BURSTYYYYMMDDHHMMSS_COVER.jpg nonsense (what’s behind the asterisk seems to vary between versions). We’re also appreciating the added clarity from a simple underscore separator between date and time.