Google's Camera app received a minor update today, adding back the ability to snap photos while recording video. The feature was not present in the original release of the Google Camera app.

Otherwise, we're not seeing many changes in today's up to version 2.1.042, though with something like a camera app many of the appreciable changes are often under the hood, not user-facing. Let us know if you see anything, though!

What's New


  • For now, all we're seeing is the ability to take photos while recording video.
  • Update: The shutter button no longer switches sides when you rotate the device 90 or 180 degrees (thanks, Alex Larionov!)


The APK is signed by Google and upgrades your existing app. The cryptographic signature guarantees that the file is safe to install and was not tampered with in any way. Rather than wait for Google to push this download to your devices, which can take days, download and install it just like any other APK.

File name: com.google.android.GoogleCamera-2.1.042 (1154629-30)

Version: 2.1.042

MD5: 73b52f6c4d1727c31c0115c980d8223b

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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.

  • turdbogls

    should have been there from the beginning. I'm not a big video taker, so this wasn't a huge deal....but when you completely REPLACE an app on a phone (for nexus users) its usually a good thing to no drop a pretty big feature. IMO, they should have waited the 2 weeks it took to add this back in and just did the initial release today.

    • Sergio Lopez

      This is very typical of Google. They release unfinished products and then two weeks later release an update. Why? Who knows, but they've done it with maps and Google+. When they removed Latitudes integration and put it inside Google+ it was useless for like two weeks when they finally made it like Latitudes was.

  • Dan Andersen

    The large "snap" button stays on the bottom of the phone now rather than always rotating around. left handed usage ftw!

  • xnadax

    I still can't open downloaded APKs directly from the status bar if the filename contains a space. It's been that way on every Android phone I've owned.

    • abqnm

      Not sure what device you have, but it has always worked just fine for me on stock Android as far back as I can remember.

      • turdbogls

        same here...seems to be working on my G2 as well.

      • usaff22

        Using a Nexus 5, and it doesn't work for me.

      • xnadax

        Nexus 5. Didn't work on my HTC One X either.

      • Jim Fox

        Also using a Nexus 5, and a filename with a space will want to launch the Pebble installer for some reason.

      • Matthew Fry

        Doesn't work for me Note 3 4.4.2.

      • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

        Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Motorola D1, Samsung Galaxy Something, some random APK would never open using either status bar or Downloads app.

    • motoridersd

      Yup, same here. I had never realized why it was that some downloads would trigger Pebble, or other random apps instead of the installer until you mentioned this. I would sometimes just download from another source and it would work (probably because there was no space in the name of the file downloaded from a different mirror). Dear AP, please avoid spaces in filenames from now on.

      • usaff22

        Me too. For some reason Microsoft Office Mobile and UCCW used to handle APK filenames with spaces, but without it would trigger the normal Package Installer.

      • Lil B

        sometimes it works with a different file explorer than the "downloads" app. Also, I just download on my PC and push it to my phone with pushbullet :)

        • Schokofrosch

          I´m simply using dropbox to get it on my phone, works fine for me :)

        • Matthew Fry

          Oh yeah. I can always install from a file explorer. Just not from the status bar.

        • cellabonez

          airdroid for direct installation

      • bL4Ck

        use a filebrowser, never had issue installing apks from there.

    • Nicholas McDonald

      Try downloading one of the apk installers from the Play Store. I've been using this one (link below) for a while. It's not the prettiest app but it gets the job done.


      • remister

        Damn the screenshots for the app. #waybackwednesday

        • Nicholas McDonald

          Haha, I know. The other day an app couldn't open and I could have used this to open it but I was like.. eh, i'll wait.

      • Frederico Silva

        Use 'Easy Installer', it's, at least, a little bit prettier (:

    • Devon Warren

      Had no idea it was the space that was throwing it off, I thought Google just disabled installing directly from the Downloads so I opened through a file manager. Good to know.

    • Greg Allison

      Why not just uninstall the current update and re-update? Works for me.

    • bhake

      I fixed this download by opening up a file Explorer app (no root needed), select rename the file, take out the space. Install. Good to go.

      • xnadax

        I don't even have to remove the space to install using my file manager (Solid Explorer). It's just an annoyance not being able to launch the APK directly from the download notification.

  • Abhijeet Mishra

    On my M8, the viewfinder is now showing the scene on the whole screen, behind the bar with the capture button as well, instead of having the bar opaque. Isn't that new? Not sure since I didn't try original version.

    • sdcoiner76

      Is that for the camera or video. The video function on the new camera app on my Nexus 5 always used the whole screen.

      • Abhijeet Mishra

        The camera. It's not the case on my Nexus 7, on which I did try original version, but on the M8 it's now using the whole screen. Probably to do with the fact that the M8 defaults to 16:9 aspect ratio, so the cropping isn't needed?

        • Schokofrosch

          I think it depends on the sensor of the camera.. If it´s 4:3 (like the one of the Nexus 5) you won´t be able to see through the shutter-button, but since the video has another resolution it will turn transparent. I think that´s how it worked already on the old version..

        • Rod

          Yes. M8 is 16:9

    • krazyfrog

      The viewfinder in the new app depends upon the aspect ratio of the sensor. If the sensor is 4:3, the shutter button is opaque. If it is 16:9, as is the case with the HTC One and the Galaxy S5, the entire display is used as the viewfinder and the shutter button becomes translucent.

  • Blendi Krasniqi

    IFTT comments... in 3...2...1.

    • justsomeperson

      Pushbullet sent me here :)

    • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

      SSSHHHH ... Let it diiiiee...

  • Gregor Smith

    HUZZAH! Though, that took a little longer than it should have, now bring back time lapse and timer and we're back to square one

  • NaomiJWise

    IMO, they should have waited the 2 weeks it took to add this back in and just did the initial release today. http://num.to/8949-8021-2951

    • usaff22

      How about... SPAM

      • http://about.me/jovanphilip Van

        Can't tell if it's a real person or not. Am I real? Are you? ಠ_ಠ

        • usaff22

          If you notice, a different person posted the same comment below. It was a snippet taken from someone else's post to avoid being caught by spam filters.

          • http://about.me/jovanphilip Van

            Very clever...

  • http://www.ronakg.com/ Ronak Gandhi

    They had to choose between touch to focus during video and touch to take a picture during video.

    I'd have liked the former.

    • Andy

      It'd be nice if they implemented a "hold for one second" sort of thing to focus during video

      • Drago

        I'd be happy with that. That's how Sense used to do it a long time ago (Sense 1.0).

        Shame it's only 2 megapixels, too, but it's better than nothing. I wonder if that's just a hardware limitation or software?

    • pleasespareit

      They never offered touch to focus during video, as far as I know. At least not since I started using Android on my Nexus 4. Now using the Nexus 5 and still cannot do it. Manual focus and touch to autofocus is desperately needed for both pictures and video modes.

      • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

        Touch to focus was present in the previous version. Worked like a charm and I was so happy they did away with taking a picture while recording.

        Now we're back to square one.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      Same here. I was really happy to finally have touch to focus while recording. Since it was there, I would expect it to return. I think they're just feeling out feature and interface options at this point.

      • Danny Holyoake

        So, in typical Google fashion, we are the beta testers.

        • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

          Haha, exactly. Oh, the life of an Android fanboy. Sucks sometimes.

        • Krzysztof Jozwik

          In typical Android fashion, there's 250 other apps for you to try.

    • turdbogls

      I am still on the old camera...touch to focus never works. i had 1 close object, and one far away, I would tap back and forth between the 2 and it wouldn't switch its focus for me.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/77537273@N03/ Herman

    If they would only allow manual White Balance settings, then I could finally start using the Google Camera seriously. Because my phone sucks at auto white balance...
    Oh and while they're at it, include an option for ISO too plz, kthnxbai

    • krazyfrog

      I've never personally found a use for the ISO settings as Auto almost always works well but yeah, manual white balance settings would be great. They even removed the self timer and time-lapse modes, the latter of which I had recently started using a lot.

  • nerd

    settings stick now... previously if you had hdr+ on, closed the app and relaunched you would have to select hdr+ again.

    • xnadax

      That's good news. I wondered why that setting just wouldn't stick sometimes.

  • gettysburg11s

    I've installed version 2.1.042 from the APK (I had to run the file from File Manager, not the notification shade). I have a Galaxy S4, and I don't see anything different here. In video shooting mode, I have no option to snap pictures during video (by tapping the screen or otherwise). Yes, I did make sure my version number is 2.1.042. Anybody have any ideas here?

    • Michael

      did you fix this? i'm having the same issue

  • DoubleP90

    At first I was happy but then i saw that the photos taken while recording are in 1920x1080, so this is quite useless.
    If I want such low resolution photos I can simply take the frame from the video, I would prefer a touch to refocus option

    • usaff22

      There should be an Image Capture button next to the record button whilst recording a video. Tapping anywhere on the screen should refocus, like in Sense.

      • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B


      • Sergio Lopez

        Well that just makes too much sense...I'd be surprise if it really happens. Basically, someone at Google likes it that way and that's the way it's going to stay. Just like in the pull down settings to "toggle" something, you have to "press & hold down", and tapping takes you to settings even though there's a settings button right next to it. Or how "muting" a post in G+ "hides" it instead of silencing it...... Don't hold your breath.

      • krazyfrog

        I wish actual photographers or at least people having an interest in photography worked on these camera apps, instead of just programmers and engineers intent on simplifying everything.

    • Tony

      The original camera app did the same thing. The resolution was always 1920x1080. That being said I agree with you.

      I would prefer a touch to refocus, especially with a crappy camera like on the N5 where for some reason the video is always out of focus. And I mean practically always (like 90% of the time). There are times when I want to take a video and it simply will never refocus no matter how many different subjects I try to focus on or switching back and forth b/w camera and video mode.

  • Tony

    Has the timer returned yet? I'm holding off on upgrading the app until this feature is added back.

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      Not yet, dammit. Not yet.

  • Eloy Antunez

    I would love for the Google Camera to be able to record video WHILE my phone is connected to AUX, essentially I think I'm asking that android separate the streams that pertain to AUX output, and VIDEO RECORDING MIC. When I try to Video Record now, my chosen audio player pauses.

    • cabbieBot

      are we sure thats not a hardware thing?

      • Eloy Antunez

        It might be, and I still want it. Anyone else? haha

  • http://blog.sartek.net/ Andras Barna

    yeah with the first build the setting fc'd the app, now works (i9105p cm11)

  • KGB

    Anyone know how to mute the shutter sound?

    • http://canerk.com/ Caner Kamburoglu

      Mute your device

      • KGB

        Ahh got it. I was only turning the media volume all the way down, but it has to be the ringer/system volume. Thanks! Guess I'll set up a tasker profile to mute my phone whenever the camera app is launched.

        • xnadax

          Remember to let Tasker un-mute when you turn the screen off too, so you don't miss calls just because you happened to turn it off while in the camera.

    • Crístian Deives

      muting your phone.

  • Cool

    Going to settings doesn't forces closes the app on my custom rom anymore :-)

  • Chris

    Is the HDR for front camera back?

    • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

      It was never there.

    • gonsa sba

      I'm on the S4 and not even HDR for the back camera.. I can't understand this.

  • Kuyam

    Old camera used to ignore the auto rotate setting. I would like that back.

  • http://about.me/barrae Maximiliano Barra E.

    Hmm. Now I can use the volume buttons to take a picture. That's new, I guess.

    • usaff22

      It was here in the old Google Camera app too.

      • miri

        It came in 4.3 I believe.

    • xnadax

      You could do that in the previous version too.

      • http://about.me/barrae Maximiliano Barra E.

        Thanks for the correction. I haven't noticed that. :|

  • James Rooney

    I may have missed this before but I now get the flash symbol on the video screen and when I touch it the LED comes on constantly. Is this the 'flashlight' mode you found in the teardown.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      That's not new.

  • Android Developer

    I wonder why Google doesn't make a little more effort into making it available for pre-kitkat versions.

    • miri

      ... Why would they?

      • Android Developer

        Why wouldn't they?
        Most of the devices still don't run Kitkat.
        Google has already huge range of support for older versions on many of their apps : YouTube, Google+, Google Drive,...
        Even for developers, they help supporting old Android versions, by using their "support library".

        • krazyfrog

          Trust me, it's pretty lame. If you have a non-Nexus device, you are better off with whatever app that came with the phone. Anything is better than this.

          • Android Developer

            Only reason I want to have it is the PhotoSpere feature, which other apps don't implement it well.

    • esper256

      KitKat offers a new Camera API. Probably the changes to the API were specifically designed to make an unbundled camera app possible. So I think supporting pre-KK devices is really not possible.

      • Android Developer

        The modded APK seems to work fine on my Android 4.3 version, as long as I keep Google Play Services being disabled.

        • Jess L

          More info on that? I have a pre K.K. device to and I'd like to try it out but hadn't had luck trying anything.

          • Android Developer

            You want a link to download it?
            I've posted it just 2 posts from here...
            Anyway, here it is:

          • Jess L

            I saw it after I posted lol. Its a bit too complicated for me right now, I can do it, just not sure what I would be deleting and such, so if I don't know what I am deleting and then replacing, I don't like to mess with it.

          • Android Developer

            You don't delete anything.
            you only disable the Google-Play-Services.
            You can re-enable it later. Sadly, as soon as you enable it, the camera app won't work anymore.
            If it's hard for you to find the Google-Play-Services, you can try out this app:
            just enable there to show system apps, and then search for "services".

          • Jess L

            Hmm, I thought on XDA thread it stated to delete in the post #150 which was the post the OP message says to read to fix the force close, it says "-delete GmsCore.apk from system/app and com.google.android.gms.apk from data/app." Etc.

          • Android Developer

            Delete? this is a bit too far.
            After you delete them, you won't be able to use many other apps of Google, (as far as I know) right?
            Anyway, I tested it with just disabling, but as I've written , it works till you re-enable the Google-play-services again.

          • Jess L

            Take a look at post 150 in the thread you linked to.

          • Android Developer

            How did you get to post 150?
            Did you really read all the way till there?

          • Jess L

            I read a bit, but no not straight through lol. The first post has an edit to see post 150. I'm a curious person and will read and learn about something but no didnt read 15 pages of posts this time lol, I have before but not this time haha.

          • Android Developer

            OK, I'm not sure about what is said there that needed to be done to make it work.
            If all you want to play with it, you can just do what I did.
            I hope there will be a workaround that will make it work without weird things to do.

          • Jess L

            Its not a big deal if I don't get to try it, its just the curious person in me, I like to try all things app related especially camera apps and such. I'm ok with myrooted stock note 3 camera, but you know, its like an itch that just keeps on, wanting to try things.

    • Sir_Brizz

      They said they might, but the app uses a number of new APIs on 4.4 and so they can't guarantee the experience right now, as you have apparently discovered.

      • Android Developer

        I wonder what are the extra features, that it needs Google-Play-Services.
        As long as I disable it, the app works fine on my v4.3 ...

        • Sir_Brizz

          It uses the new animation API and immersive mode at the very least. It might do something to fall back gracefully if the APIs don't exist, but they can't guarantee it will work if they haven't tested that before.

          • Android Developer

            both the animation API and immersive mode are part of the framework, and don't need Google-Play-Services .
            Also, what is exactly new in the animation API? as I recall it's still about ValueAnimator and ObjectAnimator...
            Only thing that is new and related to animations is Scene, but it doesn't seem to crash for me even though I have 4.3...

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Update: The shutter button no longer switches sides when you rotate the device 90 or 180 degrees (thanks, Alex Larionov!)

    • lolmensch

      on note 2 you couldn't access settings without the app force closing. (neither sammy roms nor aosp roms) with the update it is fixed

    • Max McQuirter

      Although the menu buttons move to the top of the phone if its 180 which is a bit odd...

    • Asai

      App icon changed. No more google color at the center. But settings screen still shows the old icon.

      • Asai

        Think the app icon with this update is the original one (before the redesigned app with new icon).

  • Waleed Al Suwaimel

    G+ AutoAwesome is happier now!

  • Ali

    cant open the file to install using nexus 5.

  • proedross

    Any word if devices with jellybean will be able to officially get the Google Camera?

    • Rod


  • Pierre Gardin

    When you record then delete a video, you see "Photo deleted" instead of "Video deleted". It's small bugs like this that annoy me with Google applications.

  • Santiago Moneta

    It still lack the option to save to the external SD?

  • pramarama

    I've got an LG G2 with stock LG software. Obviously, LG's camera app was written to take full advantage of the hardware on my phone. This app isn't tied to a particular piece of hardware. In the past, when running CM on an HTC G2 years ago, for example, the stock Android camera app was just awful. Software HDR was worthless, and there was no burst mode.

    I also know that late last year, Google announced that there were going to be some major changes to the camera api.

    So here's my question. Is this camera app (or really any third party camera app) capable of replacing an OEM's camera app and giving just as good results with some of the features that might require hardware assistance? Is that what the new camera apis were attempting to do?

    • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

      @pramarama:disqus There's no way to know without downloading and trying it for yourself. I'm in the same position with my GS5: the last time I tried Google Camera, it didn't support my phone's 16 MP mode.

  • Bo-Lieve in the “WARRIOR”

    does it still crash the camera on the HTC One M8 stopping it from working with all camera apps until you reload the camera driver with a reboot?

  • Michael

    It fixes the issue of FC in settings that i been having, but i can't seem to make work this new taking pics while recording video thing

  • Rod

    I think the animation when changing between the camera modes is new, too.

  • Yosef Elgart

    Download for pc first

  • siddude11

    Would love to have x-ray camera, if you know what i mean. :8)

  • Michał Kumor

    The update fixed app settings FC on Xperia U, running 4.4 AOSP. I don't know if it was an issue anywhere else, though

  • moi

    How long should it take for Google to push the update thru play store?

  • Shane Wilson

    I've noticed that when in Immersive Mode I can now exit the Camera app with taking a photo

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

    The worst thing about this app is the super confusing UI. In going for simplicity, Google threw intuitiveness out the window.

  • Yogesh Laxman Raut

    Androidfilehost never worked for me. It doesn't open file. Use zippyshare with chrome. It works perfectly

  • Harvie Boles

    Volume rocker acts as a shutter button :D

    • Drago

      It's done that since Android 4.3. Just letting you know.

      It's a great feature, though. I use it quite often.

  • Stanley Chan

    New update out: 2.1.043...

    Whats new?

  • Albert Paul

    I just got a new camera update, 21.043 which is newer than above one.

  • Carl

    They better leave it as it was before, where are the focus indicator? the bars that turn green once the objet is properly focused? where are they? and why does it get so hot the device? the battery last way less

    Mejor lo hubieran dejado como esta, el indicador de enfoque (las barras que cuando algo esta enfocadoc orrectmente se ponen verde) lo han eliminado, consume recursos, se calienta, es deficiente con los, recursos, en vez de crar una aplicaciion nueva proque no simplemente actualizar la anteriro con las coas que le faltban? se comportancomo politicos tercermundistas estos desarolladores. Que dejan deteriorar una structura para justificarse y construir una nueva en vez de mejorar la anterior cuando aun es posible

  • steeba

    ...why no frickn 'send photo/vid to SD card' option...? arrrggggh !! What up Google ?