One of the bigger changes we saw in the jump from Gingerbread/Honeycomb to Ice Cream Sandwich was in the camera app. ICS not only brought a streamlined, more subtle design to an app that so badly needed it, but also introduced zero shutter-lag, meaning the time between pressing the shutter release and capturing a photo was pushed down to (almost) zero. In fact in many cases, the time between touch and capture is imperceptible. This was huge.

At today's Jelly Bean announcement, however, we learned that Jelly Bean treats users to even more enhancements to the camera app. While they are rather minor tweaks, they enhance the app's productivity and usability by a lot, something that seems to be a common thread in Jelly Bean's enhancements.

Perhaps the most notable change is that users can now pinch the screen while in the camera app to reveal a side-by-side view of the camera and gallery photos, allowing for quick(er) access to recently taken photos. While in this view, users can tap to share photos, or simply slide them out of view to delete (don't worry though – this is an undo-able action).


While these may sound like minor design/functionality tweaks, they – when taken with today's other revelations – certainly enhance the overall usability and productivity of the app, and by extension, Android as a whole.

Liam Spradlin
Liam loves Android, design, user experience, and travel. He doesn't love ill-proportioned letter forms, advertisements made entirely of stock photography, and writing biographical snippets.

  • RedPandaAlex

    Swiping away the crappy pictures I take to delete them might be the change that affects me the most in 4.1.

  • i_am_dead

    could have done better

  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Germian

    Yeah, I was expecting something like native Burst Shot (with Best Picture), HDR or something like that. I have to say, that is helpful but meh.

  • aplusjimages

    How about access to color temp, ISO, and shutter speed?

  • Sorian

    The best way to look at this is the above picture, side by side view of the last picture you took so you know where to "stitch" the next one for panoramic shots. 

  • Simon Belmont

    It kind of reminds me of Windows Phone 7 camera app. You could slide to reveal the last picture taken directly from the camera.

    The tossing of the pictures reminds me of webOS. Anyway, both of these features look great and I look forward to using them.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/A76IBZOOJVZRVSUP6CBUTFDQWE Man.Utd

    Thanks a lot for the article, i have written a full review supported with videos, her's the link  http://www.newtechplanet.com/android/android-jelly-bean-features

  • christian jhon