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CyanogenMod adding live camera tile to quick settings

1 year ago 6

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In this fas- paced world, capturing photos as quickly as possible is essential. If you spend that extra second or two clicking home and trying to find the camera app, or whatever the situation is, you could miss the perfect photo opportunity. Manufacturers have been striving to make fast shortcuts to get to the camera, like lockscreen shortcuts or even hardware camera buttons that open the camera app (if you’re lucky enough to have one).

However, the team behind CyanogenMod is showing off a new feature to help take photos even faster. They added a camera tile to the quick settings in the notification shade. When pressed, it will turn into a live preview of your camera. One more press, and you take a photo in full resolution and identical quality to the standard camera app. And if your device supports it, it’ll even continually focus.

This means that you’ll be able to take a photo quickly anywhere in the OS, whether it is in another app, or even a game (even in full screen games, you can swipe down to see your notification bar). And best of all, it won’t waste your battery. It’ll only be on when you tap on it, and it’ll shut off when you close the notification shade. I love this feature and can’t wait to use it when it’s approved and merged. Do you think this method is faster then others?

Note: If you don’t flash custom ROMs, there are ways to emulate this speedy approach without the fanciness. Download something like Notification Toggle (Play Store link) and you can add a shortcut to go straight to the camera. It may not be as elegant, but it works!