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Even after years on the market and innumerable would-be competitors, GoPro remains the standard for "action cameras." A big part of that is the excellent smartphone integration that GoPro's devices have maintained, and today the official Android app gets a little better in a lot of small ways. The most obvious is the new user interface, which is visible on Android 4.0 and above. The all-black UI keeps its focus on minimalism and utility, but gets rid of some of the gradients of the former interface.

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New above, old below.

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There are also some more useful additions, most notably an automatic WiFi connection. GoPro cameras transmit their own disconnected WiFi network for the purpose of smartphone control and video downloads; now the app will automatically search for and connect to any GoPro camera networks in the immediate area when you launch it. The updated app will also let you share photos and videos directly from the app to Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.

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The last new feature is especially for Android users. Dip into the main Settings menu and you'll see an option to automatically set the GoPro Photo of the Day to your homescreen wallpaper. It will renew every day with a new picture. Depending on your homescreen layout and resolution, the crop may or may not be ideal, but you'll get some pretty cool photos anyway. This isn't a live wallpaper, the app will simply set a static image. Neat.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • http://www.thepixelpuse.com/ Aj Meadows

    "Auto Wifi connection" Oh thank god. Easily the best feature here. It's always a pain to sync my phone with the camera EVERY TIME I walk just a bit too far away from it and it loses connection.

  • Christofftofferson

    "most notably an automatic WiFi connection"

    Definitely the best feature. When updating it said it needed new permissions "create accounts".
    What's that in relation to?

    • archercc

      I think it has to be able to connect to/share to Facebook/Twitter, etc.

      • Android Belgium

        Create account permission will never help to share to FB/Twitter.

    • johnny

      I see a gopro account being made in settings-accounts named "sync". Looks like it's using the Android sync adapter to make the wallpaper update. Sync adapter requires the accounts permission.

  • Cory S

    Do these use WiFi Direct, meaning you can still be connected to an actual wireless network while controlling the camera?

    • archercc

      Nope, connect to the camera and you go offline.

      • Cory S

        Even from mobile cell networks?

        • Christofftofferson

          Pretty much as it will assume there is an internet connection on the gopro wi-fi network and try to use that

        • archercc

          Not on mine. Once I connect to the GoPro it always just lost contact to the internet.

  • SimonPieman

    GoPro is just what you know. There are better quality alternatives, GoPro is the lazy, one-stop shop for people that can't be bothered to look elsewhere.

    Tachyon is one that springs to mind.

    • Christofftofferson

      GoPro is well supported, good mount options and good video quality.

      The clips on Tachyon's website looks god awful.

  • VegasDude73

    they need to provide the ability to connect multiple gopro's to the same network. All of the features are controlled by a simple HTTP Post/Get interface on the gopro. Only difference with be sniffing the local network for your gopro's, display them in a list as shown in several original previews of the wifi feature, and then select the camera you want to work with.

    I really don't understand why this is taking them so long to accomplish, perhaps I'm unique in wanting to control multiple cameras from a single app. And when I say control I don't mean press a button and all 10 cameras start recording at the same time, I mean individually controlling.

  • DK

    Hey, neat clock widget! what is it?

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