Apr 16 AT 1:09 PM Alex Wagner 13 Comments

Google launches standalone ‘Google Camera’ app in Play Store


Remember that rumor that claimed that Google was planning to release a new, standalone camera app into the Play Store? Looks like it was the real deal, because a new “Google Camera” app has just appeared on the Play Store’s virtual shelves.

Google Camera features an “updated UI that gets out of your way” as well as a large capture button that ought to make it pretty easy to snap photos. The app also includes a 100 percent viewfinder that allows users to get the maximum resolution from their photos.

The app includes a number of software features for capturing and editing shots, including Photo Sphere, Lens Blur for creating a shall depth of field and a high-res Panorama mode.

We’ve seen several companies release standalone versions of their Android apps in the Play Store recently, including HTCMotorola and Google. This is a great trend because it allows those firms to more quickly issue updated versions of their apps, and in this case, it also lets more users try out Google’s own apps.

Google Camera is compatible with phones and tablets running Android 4.4 or higher. You can download it by hitting up the Play Store link below. Once you do, be sure to leave your first impressions in the comments section!

Via: Droid-Life

Source: Google Camera

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  • Tom

    Awesome. :-) great to see more and more Google apps in the store. Too bad the capture-button takes up 25% of the screen though…

  • redraider133

    Great to see more of these apps being pushed through the play store. Makes it much faster for updates, and allows many more people to be able to use it!

  • NasLAU

    I hate it. It is faster and nicer than the old app but they took out my single most favorite feature: Taking pictures while recording a video.

    I’m very disappointed. Will most likely uninstall unless it gets added back soon.

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      What the hell, you’re right… why would they remove that?!

  • renyo

    Oh and don’t forget the subtle reminder in the video mode to record in portrait mode!

  • Shaunak Guharay

    New Google Camera app rolled out.

    Made a small video about this update, please check it out – http://youtu.be/DnqLLzAPxnQ

    Should show you guys what changed.

  • surethom

    Nice but still unless still no option for 16:9, not even 6megapixel 16:9 on my nexus 5.

    Every device in the world is widescreen, some like 4:3 but give us a choice please.

  • Brian

    Wow. It works well. I just installed it on a Moto X Dev model. It works well. I like the Lens Blur, works much better than I thought it would. The image is a little dirty (noise) but will work for general usage.

  • eight12

    Am I wrong, or did it eliminate the time-lapse option under the video camera also?

  • magnum80

    Where did the photo self timer go?

  • Jess

    Making it 4.4 and up only is a bad move. 4.4 isn’t even the leading build on most phones. Not cool Google. Should be at least 4.3 and above.

  • nino

    Where is the night mode gone????? And why is it not wide screen???!!! The full screen version was so much better..

  • donger

    Works great.