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New camera UI debuts with Google Play edition devices

1 year ago 14

In a bizarre move today, Google has snuck an updated camera user interface into the just-barely-not-stock versions of Android 4.2.2 running on the just released Google Play editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One.

Previously leaked as the camera UI to be released with Android 4.3, Google decided they didn’t need to wait for an update to provide new Google Play edition device owners with an improved picture taking experience. While we can’t say just how improved it is, early reports indicate it’s still not up to par with what manufacturers like Samsung and HTC have come up with.

The most notable change to the camera UI is a new option selection mechanism. Instead of holding down on the screen and selecting options from a circle that surrounds your finger, users are presented with a half-circle shape that makes navigation and selection easier.

Once we got our hands on the updated camera UI, we’ll report back on any details you may be interested to know. Hopefully, Google is working on something more drastic for Key Lime Pie.