Jun 24 AT 2:40 PM Dima Aryeh 6 Comments

CyanogenMod adding live camera tile to quick settings

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!

Via: Android Police

Source: +CyanogenMod

Dima Aryeh is obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • http://goo.gl/tQ2E wwJOSHdo

    CyanogenMod… The code that most other custom roms are based off of. The original guys that turn every crappy phone into a useable phone… and every awesome phone into an even faster phone or tablet.

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  • http://htcsource.com Nick Gray

    As I mentioned to our writing staff, I don’t really see what the big deal is. At takes just as many taps of swipes to launch and take a picture with this feature as it would if you have the camera app on your home screen or dock. the only difference is this feature doesn’t actually frame your image correctly and you don;t have access to camera settings.

    I know the CM team is working to add features to Android, but this seems like bloatware to me.

  • joeny217

    Excellent job…CM I just rooted my s3 and downloaded the nightly build…i can’t wait to root my HTC One and install the latest stable CM on it…ny the way …wwJOSHdo…i am a fan of your work…

  • Nathan D.

    I want to try this myself but, my camera app is in my home screen so it easy to fine. Plus I don’t use it that much since this old phone dies to quick

  • donger

    Root away.