Starting today, Google is removing the support for Astrophotography feature from the Ultra-Wide lens on its Pixel 5 and Pixel 4 5G via an update. The update to Google Camera in this new update removes this feature completely.
The news comes via 9to5Google, which shares the product support page of the Google Camera. It clearly states that the “astrophotography feature will only work on zoom settings equal to or greater than 1x”. And Google being Google, they don’t even clear why they decided to remove this feature. This can be possible as the ultra-wide lens has an f/2.2 lens in comparison to the f/1.7 main camera, which allows more light than the former. And since the astrophotography is to be done in dark, then this makes sense.
But you can still use the feature on the main camera on both Pixel 5 and Pixel 4 5G.