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Seemingly following in Google's footsteps, Motorola has released one of its phones' core applications on the Play Store today, in the form of Motorola Camera. Unlike Google's apps, though, it doesn't seem likely the Motorola Camera app will be making its way onto non-Moto devices - it's only compatible with the Moto X.

Likely, the app is simply a way for Motorola to quickly update the camera software on its smartphones without having to develop its own app updating system, similar to the practice it began by putting Touchless Control on the Play Store. You can probably expect the Moto Camera app to expand compatibility to the DROID line of phones at some point, but I wouldn't bet on it going much further than that.

This app will update the existing camera app on your Moto X, and claims to increase viewfinder brightness, allow quick capture to be enabled under more enterprise IT policies, and squash some bugs. You can get it, assuming you have a Moto X, at the Play Store link below.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Dan Rice

    Same icon as in KitKat?

    • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

      heh looks like it

      • Dan Rice

        So similar but looking closer, slightly different

    • Magneira

      Its already the same icon as on 4.3, moto x is a 99.99% stock device and they tried to leave it stock everywhere they could, even if the viewfinder on the app is diferent the galery is stock, which is awesome on motorolas part.

  • Hiren Vasani

    can we install it on non moto via APK?
    Anyone APK?

    • iboalali

      yes you can, I have it since the release of Moto X
      but slow motion doesn't work

      • Hiren Vasani

        nah!!!! Thats not working perfectly... :(

    • br_hermon

      What was the name of that app / mod that AP covered? It allows you to fool the Play Store into thinking you actually have a different device.

  • Bob G

    Awesome! Best way to bypass silly carrier delays with updates.

  • Captain Spaulding[2200+ posts]

    It won't work for me, this was taken on my moto x.

    • Christopher Bement

      Are you rommed? Forgive my ignorance, haven't been follwing the MX since launch.

      • Captain Spaulding[2200+ posts]

        No, but mine is an unlocked version, not associated with any carrier. I wonder if that might have something to do with it.

        • Zepplin76

          I get the same thing and I'm rooted and did the ota leak but totally stock on vzw.

    • combi06

      I got the same error! I have a VZW Moto X (rooted) and have not taken the 'Camera Update +' that has been going around since last week...some people think this might be why my Moto X shows up as 'Not compatible...' with this update :(

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  • br_hermon

    I wish all manufacturers would follow this lead. It honestly makes every bit of sense when it comes to OTAs, updates, carrier road blocks, etc. It's the quickest path to updates AND results in keeping users happy because of those quick updates.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Agreed. I think some OEMs just have a phobia of putting their proprietary APKs on the Play Store because 'OMG PIRACY / HAXORS!'

      Not on a rational level, but on a "I'm a completely technically clueless senior VP and I do not approve of putting our intellectual property on Google's app store" level. Even Samsung is starting to do this more, presumably because they recognize the efficiency of it.

      It should definitely be the model for all system apps that can be easily parsed out of actual OS-level updates.

  • evertjr

    gimme the apk

    • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

      Why don't you just get it from the source link?

      • evertjr

        I don't have a Moto X :)

        • http://www.twitter.com/ninjustin ninjustin

          Ahh. Hope, when you do get an .apk it doesn't Voodoo Hex your phone.

  • Robert Alex Kibler

    The part that impresses me is that you guys are still able to report on non-Nexus news. I don't think I could do it. I've just been mashing F5 all morning waiting for something.

  • dhruva

    google can update a chromebook's linux kernel themselves, can at some point google do the same through play store for android? they moved some security features from 4.2 to play services.

  • matt

    Saying its alraedy installed on my device? Is this because ive installed the googlEdition.apk which includes the photosphere features?

  • tharealoc

    My moto X doesn't have any update for the camera. This Dev doesn't match Motorola's Dev account. Motorola Mobility, LLC is what all the other apps are posted under. This app according to the screenshot is Motorola Mobility, INC

    I recommend don't go looking for the update, wait for it to push to you

  • http://www.facebook.com/aarontrevor Aaron Sentell

    Are we sure this is legit? As I posted on Droid Life, the developer has changed from a known Motorola Account that ends in LLC to one that has never posted an app before that ends in INC. Also, the new stuff sounds bogus.

    • tharealoc

      Had the same idea as me I see, get these comments around to other sites other than DL. haha

    • Freak4Dell

      If it was from somebody else, would it be able to behave exactly like the same package? My prompt was to update, not to install, so I think it's real.

    • combi06

      It is legit. Here is the confirmation from Motorola

  • OhYeah!

    I got it and the first pic turned out great, hope it stays that way.

  • Ratamacue2

    This got pushed to my device through the Play store. Seems legit to me.

  • prestone1

    here is the APK. works on droid line up

    another link. https://www.dropbox.com/s/7pe2zs5d7b...ola.camera.apk

    • Justin Lindh

      Neither of those links work as you'd pasted them... maybe try again?

      • Matt Sgherri

        Please post public links.

    • Iddy

      decryption key is needed... for MEGA link....