Show of hands, who uses CyanogenMod? Oh, you do? I've got some good news: your camera is about to become a little more interested in what you have to say. A few hours ago, CyanogenMod announced that the included camera app will integrate a voice-activated shutter mode. Judging by one of the pictures, a new time-delayed mode will be part of the package, as well. Take a look:


As you can tell, a few different words can be used to activate the shutter, currently Cid, Whiskey, and Cheese. We also see that the voice-activated mode must be turned on for each photo you wish to take. This limitation might get in the way of creating a montage of group shots, but the developer behind the new feature, Ricardo Cerqueira, indicates that he may add a setting to keep the mode persistent in the future. The post does not specifically mention a timer mode, but the photo shows an interface with 10 second increments, up to 1 minute. No date has been posted for when this addition will be merged into CM10.1, but we probably don't have to wait much longer. For now, just sit tight and remember the first rule of CyanogenMod, don't ask for ETAs.

Cody Toombs
Cody is a Software Engineer and Writer with a mildly overwhelming obsession with smartphones and the mobile world. If he’s been pulled away from the computer for any length of time, you might find him talking about cocktails and movies, sometimes resulting in the consumption of both.

  • navjot

    Awesome! Love seeing new, original features added to custom ROMs - that's the beauty of Android :)

    • Ivaylo Stoyanov

      It's a cool feature, but not that original, since Samsung has already implemented it in TouchWiz.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

        Yeah, sound activation has been bumping around for a while. I think Camera Zoom FX might have had it before Samsung, and there was even something back in the Windows Mobile days that did it. Still, it's great to see everybody filling out these types of features.

  • http://twitter.com/patrickliu 柏直瓜子

    I wish they can bring photosphere feature for nexus phones :)

    • https://plus.google.com/111019692970182387850 Carlos Sarthou

      What phone are you using? I'm running CM10.1 on a Nexus S and I'm using a patched Gallery.apk that has photosphere. It works beautifully. Only caveat is that enabling geo-tagging crashes it, but I don't really use that feature so it's been smooth sailing for me.

      • Jachym Kokesh Lukes

        I am also running scecond Gallery flashed via recovery on my CM10.1 S2. It can't record video, but Photoshphere runs very well.

    • blunden

      PhotoSphere is a proprietary feature that only exists in Google's build of the Gallery/Camera app. This have been explained about a hundred times now. Any proper gapps package should add the proprietary Gallery/Camera app on the supported Nexus devices though.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

        To be clear, the feature is included in the proprietary app, but PhotoSphere isn't proprietary itself. It is an open format and anybody can implement it.

  • fixxmyhead

    Its been like a year since I've used cm

  • squiddy20

    Looks cool and can't wait to try it out. I just wish the camera would pop up that quickly on my Galaxy Nexus from the lockscreen widget...

  • nsnsmj

    This is pretty cool.

    Off-topic, but Cid is still the ugliest bugdroid derived creation ever.

  • Jeremy Powers

    Sounds great, hopefully the DMCA blocking the HTC Ville builds will go away so I can get it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/praveen.mv.12 Praveen Mv

    Custom Roms don't have stereo recording on Video. Why CM Fix that? I love CM. Please add stereo feature.

  • CuriousCursor

    Yeah, just put Cid instead of a meaningful icon

  • Joel Santamaria

    Which lg are u using there?

    • vodanium

      The white one is LG Optimus 4X HD; the black one is LG Optimus G

  • http://twitter.com/psych2L Joseph Lee

    First thing I did when I got my Nexus 4 was slap CM10 on it and I never looked back. Guess it's time to get CMupdater a whirl again :))