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When Google released its new camera app, it took the now common approach of revamping the UI and removing a number of features in the process. Little by little, those things will come back (just like with Maps), and that's the theme of today's v2.2 Google Camera update.

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What’s New

  • Choice of full frame or cropped pictures (4:3 vs 16:9 on the Nexus 5)
  • New splash screen for cropping selection
  • Picture timer (3 and 10 second options)
  • Tiny settings icon now indicated by UI popup on first run
  • New panorama options – fisheye and wide angle

Be aware, the choice of cropping will affect total resolution. On the Nexus 5, for example, 16:9 maxes out at 6MP. This will vary based on the phone you're using. The splash screen when you start the camera after the update lets you pick the cropping, but it can always be changed in the settings. The timer is pretty straightforward – it's in the on-screen settings.

The panorama mode now has two additional entries for fisheye and a square wide angle image in addition to the vertical and horizontal options. We'll continue looking to see if anything else has been tweaked, but that's it for now.

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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-2.2.024 (1195242-30).apk.

Version: 2.2.024 (1195242-30) (Android 4.4+).

MD5: c30360f49946dbb9db2e418de572d3f3.

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  • http://SocialMediarology.com Jeremy A Williams

    I only wish they'd allow you to specify where the images get saved - I'd much rather have them on the SD card than on the phone memory

    • Sac Bunt Chris

      I doubt you'll see that. My understanding is that it's difficult to work with SD cards from a technical perspective. Google is of course trying to phase them out.

      • Plazmic Flame

        Now we require phones with larger built in memory.... thanks Google.

  • Connor

    Cropping to 16:9 is also available on the Nexus 4.

    • Joe Pierce

      HTC One M7 as well.

      • Connor

        Probably most phones, if not all.

        • atlouiedog

          Not on my Photon Q, so not all. The app is very feature bare on this device. It is almost 2 years old and never got official Kit Kat so I'm not complaining.

    • Sam

      How does the viewfinder look? The Nexus 4 only has a 16:10 screen.

      • lucke1310

        the bottom portion (where the camera button is) is now shaded instead of being fully blacked out.

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

    I just want slow motion video. Is the Nexus 5 capable of slow motion video?

    • NF

      That's a hardware thing. I don't think it does.

      • Simon Belmont

        Pretty sure it's capable. It might only be able to do it at 720p, but I'm sure it's able to.

        The Galaxy Note 3 can do 120fps slow-motion at 720p. It has a Snapdragon 800 just like the Nexus 5.

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

          Okay, so now how do we get it to shoot it? Is there an app that shoots slow Mo video?

          • Simon Belmont

            Hopefully Google adds the ability in an update to the Google Camera. They seem to be tacking on features and improvements pretty steadily.

            My guess is we'll see it added eventually. As for a different app, I'm not sure, as it would have to leverage the hardware to achieve that, or otherwise try to emulate it in software.

        • NF

          I think it may be camera hardware that is necessary, not the processor.

          • Simon Belmont

            Perhaps. The G2 has a similar camera to the Nexus 5 and it's able to pull off 120fps with a mod.

            We won't know until Google rolls out the feature in the actual camera app. Or someone hacks it in.

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

        @#$%&!!!!!

        okay. thanks.

        • Simon Belmont

          See my post below. I'm pretty sure the Nexus 5 can handle it, man.

          The Note 3 can do slow-motion, so the N5 should be able to, too. Yay.

          • RainMotorsports

            Every sensor is a different design. Each row of pixels can only be read so fast. That's the first bottleneck in any camera. Sony developed a sensor a few years ago that could do 6MP at 30+ frames per second, once you cross those boundaries your down to the immediate and latter processing of the images. Thinking because they have the same CPU they can encode the video bypasses inherint limitations in the imaging sensor which was cheaped out on to keep costs down is silly.

            I haven't looked up what the max frame rate is for 720P but people automatically assume if it does 30 in 1080 it can do 720P at 60. Which could be far from the truth.

          • andy_o

            Most sensors use a direct center crop for 1080P while for 720 many scale from a larger resolution which slows down the process a bit.

            Which sensors do this? On the Nexus 5 here the horizontal angle of view on a 1080p video is the same as when taking a full sensor picture. In fact I've never seen a camera, phone, compact or DSLR, which does it. Probably some camera does, but I doubt very much "most" do.

          • RainMotorsports

            Well that's a plus. My galaxy s2 and at least on of my throw always is this way along with a dozen point and shoots I have. Never taken my nexus out of 1080P but that's a feature. Always a pain shooting indoors not having the available wide focal length.

            All my Nikon bodies are pre video. Do have a Pentax body on hand that is this way. Actually how I noticed a hair on the sensor. Doesn't show up at low resolutions very well, clear as day at center crop. It costs a bit more to sample the entire sensor especially for high speed video. But the chips they have these days to do the job its nice to see it moved away from at least for low speed video.

          • Simon Belmont

            Ha, I'm not dumb. I realize the Note 3 and Nexus 5 have different sensors and that they both have different abilities to capture light information and turn it into pictures at varying performance levels and the processor isn't the only gap that needs to be bridged when doing certain things with capturing and processing image data (if the sensor can't handle it, then you don't even need to care about the processor at that point, because it'd be moot). :)

            I screwed up and didn't finish my thought, so I can see why you wrote what you wrote. But, yes, I already grasped the basic concept of what you're so condescendingly trying to tell me quite well, so, thanks a lot. ;)

      • Serotheo

        Technically its a hardware thing but I hope you don't mean that it needs a capable camera.

        Just needs some software implementation via the app with the hardware that's already there.

        • Simon Belmont

          Well, I've read the G2 can do 120fps and I assume the camera in the Nexus 5 is similar. It should work.

          There's mods out there that can make it do 120fps. So the hardware is capable.

          • Kenneth

            Interesting....Where did you get the idea the camera is similar? Isn't one 13MP and the other 8MP? That alone implies the hardware is totally different. If it was the same component and Google somehow locked it to 8MP then you could claim there's hope.

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          • Simon Belmont

            Whoa, you and rotund cat (looks like he's having a good time in your picture, though) need to chill out. I made a mistake. Ever done that before? it happens. ;)

            The Nexus 5 is based on the G2, so I mistakenly got my wires crossed on the model. I meant the G2 Mini, which is 8 megapixels and has OIS like the Nexus 5, so could be the same camera hardware, and it can do slow motion, even with a lower down SoC than the Snapdragon 800. Maybe Google just hasn't worked out the kinks yet on the Nexus 5's. They also haven't fully finalized the new camera API and HAL, so we may see some big changes when that's done. :)

          • Kenneth

            I wished I shared your optimism. If they haven't got a handle on the N5 now, I'm pretty sure they won't have a "handle" on it anytime soon - it's due to be replaced either by a new Nexus or the rumored Android Silver line, and we all know how they dropped new features on old models like a hot potato.

            Believe me, I wish you are right, but history has proven otherwise. Google's penchant for simplicity extends to the lack of features that some of us might find useful. Wanna take a bet how that slow motion feature never comes to the N5 even with 3rd party apps in the future? :D

      • Aidan Ireland

        You are as wrong as you can get. Providing you have a camera sensor from let's say the last four years then it's entirely software. The HTC Sensation for example had no native slow motion and an old 8MP sensor, however with a sense 4+ port with a 3.4 kernel it was able to record 120fps despite no official support. Providing someone can develop a camera app capable of utilising the nexus hardware for slow motion then there would be absolutely no problem at all.

        tl;dr software, not hardware.

    • whispy_snippet

      I have high hopes for the new camera API and Google IO.

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

        Oh, so do I. Can't wait!

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  • BozzyB

    There is now a nice transition when you switch between modes (camera, video,...)

  • http://www.dotekomanie.cz/ Přemysl Vaculík

    You're welcome;)

  • Roxasthecloser

    Why it isn't avaible for my device on the Play Store? I tried using the .apk, but it neither does work. (Huawei Ascend G700)

    • Jimmy Baez

      If it isn't running Android 4.4+, your device isn't supported. Sadly.

      • worldclassflame

        Would this work on my m8

    • sdfsd

      I think you answered your own question. You should probably send your next question to huawei

  • Jimmy Baez

    And there still isn't support for 4.3??

  • Derek Traini

    On my Nexus 5 it looks like the video view is cropped a little bit.

    • http://about.me/tnsuarez Rican7

      that's because videos are being recorded in a 16:9 (crop) ratio.

      • Derek Traini

        Oh. Duh. Thanks! haha

        • http://about.me/tnsuarez Rican7

          haha, no problem. :)

  • http://www.mscha.nl/ Michael Schaap

    Nice that it's now possible to use 16:9 aspect ratio, but what I really want on my Nexus 5 (and was supported on the Galaxy Nexus) is the standard photo aspect ratio of 3:2.

  • Tom

    I wish they'd release 4.4.3 and fix all the bugs on the Nexus 5.

    • Simon Belmont

      This. I've actually been preaching patience for that update, but the minor bugs have accumulated in annoyance over the last few months, and have been unaddressed for a really long time, now.

      I'd love to see Android 4.4.3 pushed out by the end of this month. It's to the point where it almost seems like Nexus devices won't even see it and they'll just push the next major version of Android instead next month at Google I/O with the bug fixes folded in.

      • Tom

        At this point, I think you're right. We'll probably just go straight to 4.5. As long as it fixes all the bugs I'm OK with it.

        • Simon Belmont

          Yeah, pretty much. I've really gotten sick of the hype of Android 4.4.3, if I'm honest (it's only a bug fixer, not a game changer).

          The stupid news scraping websites have been hyping it and misinforming it at a fever pitch for months. It's dumb.

        • Laurențiu Selei

          No, new version new problems... That's how they roll

          • Simon Belmont

            Yeah. That's a given. ;)

            But at least they'll HOPEFULLY fix the old problems from Android 4.4.x whilst creating the new problems. Hahaha. :D

      • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

        Well, considering that I/O is less than a month away it would make sense to just skip 4.4.3 completely and incorporate all the changes and bug fixes into the next real android release, which is to be revealed at the keynote (at least I hope it will be)

        • Simon Belmont

          I agree. At this point, it does make sense.

          Android 4.4.3 should have been rolled out in April, but now it's almost moot. Watch them still roll it out like two weeks before I/O, though (hahaha, Google be trollin').

          • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

            There is no reason they can't - in general they PREVIEW the next Android version at I/O but it's not generally available until towards the end of the year - when traditionally it coincides with a hardware release.

          • Simon Belmont

            Huh? They generally roll out a new version of Android at or just after I/O (though last year was an exception, but it's well known that Android 4.3 was SUPPOSED to roll out at I/O last year, but it was pushed back to near the end of July). The year before Android 4.1 Jelly Bean came from I/O. The year before that we got Honeycomb 3.1 and then the year before that we got FroYo 2.2, and so on.

            We get ANOTHER version rolled out in the fall with a Nexus phone towards the end of the year. Android 4.4 last fall. Android 4.2 the previous fall. Android 4.0 the fall before that, and so on.

          • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

            2.0 - October 2009
            2.2 - May 2010
            2.3 - December 2010
            3.0 - February 2011 - Hardware launch (Tablet - Nexus 10)
            4.0 - October 2011
            4.1 - July 2012 - Hardware Launch (Tablet - Nexus 7)
            4.2 - November 2012 - Hardware Launch (Phone - Nexus 4)
            4.3 - July 2013 - Hardware Launch (Tablet - Nexus 7)
            4.4 - October 2013 - Hardware Launch (Phone - Nexus 5)

            In general we get an update around I/O but it doesn't tend to add much and is mostly bug fixes - but they preview the latest all singing all dancing that we will get towards the end of the year. This isn't ALWAYS the case - but in general it is. Honeycomb was a special exception because it wasn't ever really available - other than to manufacturers.

          • Rob

            Nexus 10, 2011? umm..
            also GNEX was the first to run ICS may as well count it as a hardware release, too.

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

            I think it was XOOM, right?

    • darkdude1

      There is NO excuse as to why some critical bug fixes are simply sitting in a repo gathering dust when they can easily release it. No blog wants to call Google out on this though which is sad :(

      • Simon Belmont

        I agree. It stinks. The issues with my Nexus 5, while minor, added up to being annoying over the many months since Android 4.4.2 was released. Data drops, hissing over the mic during a video, wakelocks, missing texts and then a flood of them, and other stuff.

        I have a theory that Android 4.4.3 is never coming to Nexus devices. But, it will go to devices with third party skins (like the SGS5 and possibly the HTC One) because it will have no real user-facing changes, except bug fixes, so it will be easy to integrate into their skins quickly. Nexus folks will just get moved directly to Android 4.5 / 5.0 next month, instead, with the bugs fixes from Android 4.4.3 thrown in.

    • Tiago Pestana

      what bugs do you have? i only have experienced 2 or 3 times the demon bug

    • marsovec

      what if the 4.4.3 that appears everywhere is actually 4.5, purposely misleading us? that's my theory these days.

  • WillCald93

    There have also been two new panorama options. Pretty interesting. Should include in the article.

    • turdbogls

      that has always been there....though you had to specify which type it was before starting the pic with a toggle button...now you just kinda start shooting.

      • Popester

        These are two new modes in addition to the existing vertical and horizontal modes.

        • turdbogls

          holy $%&# I totally missed that....haha...My bad.
          sounds pretty awesome to me. I always used photosphere to make fisheyes though....hopefully this does it all even better!

          • Dennis Ulijn

            The rightmost option is officially called fisheye, so should make for some nifty effect :D

          • nxtiak

            I'm super impressed by the fisheye, Picture actually looks really good.

          • Popester

            The fisheye creates a "flat" image, unlike the photosphere which needs support to spin the image around. I like having both options.

    • Popester

      Your are correct. They have added Fisheye and a "large square" in addition to the existing vertical and horizontal panorama.

  • turdbogls

    anyone else have "mode list" and "filmstrip" buttons on their view finder now?
    very weird...the mode list button brings up the options for what type of shot I'm doing, the filmstrip button brings up the film strip.

    looked all over for a setting and I didn't see anything....kinda annoying.
    https://s3.amazonaws.com/pushbullet-uploads/udiZ8-kbtiqaLxpM7IB7HTHtyBBWgw0GCGHGju/Screenshot_2014-05-28-16-23-17.png

    LG G2

    • Guesy

      The ui for the button are weird, look like hiden option, whats your full version number ?

      • Niels

        That's the default look of a button with a bit of transparency. My guess is that there's still a developer setting switched on.

      • turdbogls

        build version
        2.2.024 (1195242-30)

        downloaded from the first Mirror from this site.

        seems like any time I do this, i usually get an update in the play store for the app I just updated...doesn't change anything/much but its just weird.

        • asd

          i tested it 1 by 1 on many occasions that may trigger these 2 buttons.
          on a fresh, un-touched (even if its rooted,CM11 or OEM rom = the buttons will not be triggered)

          - moving files around system/*any path* wont trigger this (on many occasions. each path i mess with, i reboot each time to see if it'll trigger the buttons) = did not trigger

          - after installing APK apps = it triggered.
          but im not sure which app is it as i am too lazy to test it now.

          the only weird thing is, i did the same setup, it didnt show before but after another fresh install of the same OEM rom = it triggered and this time its always there no matter how many times i switch between CM11/OEM rom.

    • Niels

      I've got this on my Nexus 5 as well.

    • Aravind Arsenal

      Yup, same here on nexus 7

    • Jason Brian Chapa

      Did you figure out how to turn this off? I'm getting it now.

      • turdbogls

        nope, never did. just kinda went away. I am a flashaholic, so I am always bouncing between LG software and CM11....I'm on the latest CM11 now, with the latest camera and I'm not geting it.

        sorry

    • nmtb4e

      It's an accessibility setting. I got those buttons when I turned on accessibility settings for Android L Lockscreen and it turned on those buttons.

    • greenlink23

      i had these until i figured out what was causing them, music boss (pebble app). music boss had turned on its accessibility settings turned on (which is for 4.0-4.2 only). as soon as i turned them off they went away.

      nexus 5 4.4.4

    • Matt

      Hi there! I had this same issue, and just discovered that it occurs when I switch on the accessibility setting for the WhatsApp plug-in for Dashclock. I guess it might happen with accessibility for other apps too, so this is worth looking into. No idea why it happens though!

      • turdbogls

        yes, you are correct. its an accessability issue and not related to whatsap at all (since i never used whatsap)

  • Benjamin S.

    Still waiting for the return of Nexus 7 (2012) support! :P

    • Simon Belmont

      You may be waiting for awhile. Google never officially supported the Nexus 7 with its camera app (it didn't even include the camera).

      The only way to get it to work was to sideload it or download a camera app that similar from the Google Play Store. That said, I'd love it to work on my N7 2012, too.

      • Benjamin S.

        Yeah I know, one can hope though. I don't even use it anyway..

        • Simon Belmont

          I agree. I hope for it, too.

          Even if it only has a FFC, we should be able to access it without doing something slightly hacky. Hopefully it will eventually.

  • NaNNy`

    Have they fixed (forced) the rotation when it's locked?

    • turdbogls

      nope. not sure if its always been this way or not, but when the rotation is locked vertical, and I hold it horizontal, and take a pic, it show up in my gallery as a landscape photo....but the entire UI is still in portrait mode

      • NaNNy`

        That's the bug :)

        still there :(

        • nxtiak

          That's the way old camera versions was too.
          But yeah, I wish the app is smart enough.
          My phone is 99% locked to Portrait.

  • rasty++

    o.t. android davice manager update.. apk?

    • KeePeeR

      Turn back home :-P u are everywhere :-)

      • rasty++

        freedom!! lol

        • matteventu

          trollollol

  • Joe Pierce

    Please remove the ZippyShare link. It gives you a fake popup saying your phone has a virus.

    • Marcell Lévai

      Only if you don't use an ad blocker. To me the most reliable download service on the list is zippyshare. Mediafire and AndroidFileHost fail even on my pc sometimes.

      • nxtiak

        To me MediaFire is most reliable for PC and Phone

    • RyanWhitwam

      Thanks for the heads up. Removed for now just to be safe while we look into it.

  • eliseo

    New panorama modes!

  • gonsa sba

    still no HDR for S4

    • ah42

      Yep, even other camera apps cannot accomplish HDR with my S4. Running CM11.

  • atlouiedog

    It still doesn't support panorama on my Motorola Photon Q. The lack of Photosphere support I understand, but not this. I've never come across a camera app where my device didn't work fine with them.

    • pfmiller

      Panorama is just a type of photosphere in this app, so you can't have one without the other.

    • Simon Belmont

      Photo Spheres and Panorama both need a gyroscope now. Your Photon Q probably doesn't have one.

      That's the same reason people with Moto G's were complaining about Photo Spheres and Panoramas not working. No gyroscope.

  • Fernando Coletta

    IT'S SOLVED THE LOW RESOLUTION OF THE LENS BLUR PICTURES IN SOME DEVICES!

    • nxtiak

      You know there's a setting for Lens Blur quality right? Low and High.

      • whispy_snippet

        Even on high setting lens blur photos looked pretty awful.

  • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

    Oooh thanks for the apk! I have to see if this doesn't melt down in CM11 like the current version does.

    • Crispin Swickard

      The previous version worked without immediately crashing when I last tried it with a nightly over the weekend. Not sure how this will fare now, but might want to try out a new build if you haven't in a while. It was crashing before for me as well.

      • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

        I flashed a nightly a week ago or so because I was having the notification shade reboot problem from M6 (i9300) that is now solved. I'll try a new nightly + this apk and see if it's more stable, thanks for the info!

        • Simon Belmont

          Ha. That notification pull-down issue is annoying.

          It seems to just reboot the system UI if you pull it down sometimes. But, yeah, it seems to be fixed in newer nightlies.

          • http://petercast.net Peterson Silva

            Yeah, it is fixed in mine, like I said. I followed this for days and rushed to get the nightly as soon as they said the solution was merged:

            https://jira.cyanogenmod.org/browse/CYAN-4047

            Edit: Oh well, they've reopened it. I guess it's not fixed for all the devices, but it definitely seems to be the case for the i9300.

          • Simon Belmont

            Yeah. It had been doing that to my B&N Nook Color running CM11 for a few weeks and it was driving me nuts.

            Shame, too, because M6 was really stable otherwise. Just that one problem.

  • Simon Belmont

    I wish they'd let the picture you take while taking a video be higher than 1920x1080. I get that they're probably just pulling a frame from the video, but the Snapdragon 800 should be capable of a higher resolution shot while taking a video.

    What we have now is better than nothing, though. Hopefully they'll improve the resolution.

    • Gregor Smith

      Weird, on my Galaxy S4, when I take a picture during video recording, it stores it at 4128x2322 resolution

      • Simon Belmont

        Exactly. So, it should be technically possible on the Nexus 5. Is this using the Google Camera or Samsung's stock camera app? If it's the latter, then that would make even more sense.

        I guess it could be a limitation of the camera hardware, itself, but that seems unlikely. Unless they've increased the resolution the snapshot during video takes since the last update (I haven't installed the latest one yet).

        • Gregor Smith

          Its a GPE S4, so no Samsung camera, just Google

          • Simon Belmont

            Oh, okay, wasn't sure. Did it work that way back on version 2.1 of the Google Camera (version before this latest one)?

            It could be a limitation of the hardware then. Who knows.

  • http://www.twitter.com/joshuaworth Joshua Worth

    The M8 GPE Camera still looks like shit, and probably always will...

  • Omar McFarlane

    Lens Blur works with the your front facing camera now.

    • rmkilc

      It did before also.

      • Omar McFarlane

        Oh ok.

  • steelew

    Any reason this is kitkat only?

    • Simon Belmont

      Yup. KitKat introduced a new camera API, so this app is probably taking advantage of that.

      They'd probably have to do something "hacky" to get these effects to work in lower API levels than KitKat's. Just a guess.

      • whispy_snippet

        My understanding is that the big (and heavily hyped) camera API update has been delayed and we've been simply seeing the benefits of a new camera app.

        • Simon Belmont

          Well, if that's true, I hope we see it at I/O, then. I've been pleased with the work on the camera app, so further development on the nuts and bolts of the camera HAL will be a big deal.

          I'm liking the steady improvements to the camera app so far. It might have lost some functionality, but it seems to be slowly gaining it back, and getting new features, so I'm happy.

      • Imparus

        Actually it is only the transition effects the camera app need from 4.4, you are thinking of HAL which got delayed and will probably be released in the next big android update 4.5/5.0. So they could in bring it do older devices, it will just take some work work to do, but I could also be wrong ;)

        • Simon Belmont

          Interesting. Thanks for the information.

          I was under the impression that they'd finished the new API and the HAL was part of it, but what you said makes sense. I guess we'll see it, in its entirety, soon. My guess is they're probably just going to leave it compatible with Android 4.4 and up. Kinda like how they never let Chrome work on anything below Android 4.0.

          • whispy_snippet

            You probably already know this so forgive me if I'm preaching to the choir, but one of the big rumoured Android features we're all waiting for is support for camera RAW. This would be totally wild. RAW capture would give Android snappers enormous scope for image adjustment - it would be unprecedented. I know I'm sounding a bit gushy, but such power could feasibly be an iPhone camera killer.

            Now, allow me to go off on a dreamy tangent. I've been thinking a lot recently about how Google is currently positioned in the photography space. Its social network, Google+, has a niche but fiercely loyal user base - and much of this user base is made up of photography enthusiasts. I suspect (well, I hope) Google intends to capitalise on this.

            Google+ as a social platform might soon take a bit of a back seat, but mid- to long-term I fantasise about a transformation of its photo editing functionality into a comprehensive, cloud based photo editing suite - something to start rivalling Adobe Lightroom. We know that a lot of photography enthusiasts and professionals are reluctant to switch to Chrome OS because it lacks a high-end RAW photo editing software package. Google has an enormous opportunity to capture a new market with professional-grade, cloud photo editing on Chrome OS. Imagine affordable, powerful photo editing for everyone on Chromebooks - a big undercut of Apple.

            What if the rumoured RAW support for Android is part of a wider Google strategy to enter the photography market full tilt? Do I dare to dream?

  • Simon Hurtado

    meanwhile, gogle only lets me take photos and videos, no blur effect, no photosphere, no panoramic photos.

    • Simon Belmont

      Using a phone with less than 1 gig of RAM? Using a phone that doesn't have a gyroscope?

      Yes? Then you can't use those features, as the description states on the Google Play Store.

      • Simon Hurtado

        my phone has 1gb of ram. And I still don't know why they require my phone to have gyroscope for panoramic photos

  • ZedAz

    Guys are you sure this apk is signed correctly? it won't install over the google camera on my phone.

  • duse

    Google updates apps, removes features, and then adds them back in piecemeal. Could you imagine ANY other software company in the world doing this. Microsoft: "Sorry, we took out some core features in Excel 2014 that millions of users rely on, we will add some of them back in over time, or maybe not, and we can't say for sure which ones will never return." That's Google's stance on every piece of software they release.

    Say you're teaching Android to a new non-techie user, an aunt or a parent. You teach them some feature, like the auto-timer, they say "cool" and they use it. Then one day it's inexplicably gone after the app auto-updates. Are you really going to tell them, "Don't worry, one day it'll randomly appear again, then you can use it, if not, sorry." Would never happen on an iPhone, PC, or virtually any other device. Worst user experience ever.

    • Taco Monster

      Yeah, I'm pretty certain Google made sure to know absolutely nothing about what features most users accessed before deciding what to drop.

      And I'm also certain no iPhone user missed Street View at all when iOS 6 rolled in.

    • EldarH

      You've got a choice. You do not have to update, you can also uninstall an update to bring back the old camera app. I'm glad google did not waited until all features were in place before pushing out the new camera app. Freedom of choice is very good user experience

  • n0th1ng_r3al

    I downloaded it and Nova Launcher is treating the apk as a backup. Anyone else get this error?

    • s427

      I got the same problem with the default launcher. I then launched the apk through a file manager (Astro) and it worked normally.

  • Guest

    I tried to download and install it but I get this Nova Launcher error, it's treating this apk as a backup for some reason.

    • Joe Micelli

      I get that randomly also. If you use a file explorer to open the file it works.

      • Guest

        I'm getting the same message. I was hoping someone had a solution here.

    • s427

      I have a similar problem even though I'm using the default launcher (latest version of Android, Nexus 5). It fires my expenses manager app which then warns me that this will erase all my previous data...

  • zachary

    keeps saying trouble parsing package... what does that mean

    • Roh_Mish

      Do you have KitKat?

  • Aaron Henry

    Smartphones Cameras Anyone can go slo-mo release iPhone 5s slow motion video features available.

  • Dakota

    Camera is crap. Almost nothing comes out if you edit a photo, it doesn't show you original on áN5..I'm. Embarrassed compared to friends iPhones. I can't rely on it. Vwoukd definitely not use ot on trip. And they keep changing it & the average user has no clue. All my pictures end up blurry or poor quality with bad lighting

    • Arthur Dent

      Not sure what you are doing wrong, but most of my pictures turn out great with the new camera app on the N5.

  • http://www.toysdiva.com Toys Samurai

    On my Moto X, Lens Blur photo finally goes beyond the horribly small 1024 x 576 dimension.

    • http://boophotographer.tumblr.com/ Leandro Reschke

      What is tour ROM? I'm using stock 4.4.2 AMD lens blur is resulting in 1920/1080, thas right? In some devices it take 2560/1440

  • DeadSOL

    There really shouldn't be a difference in the "quality" of an 8MP resolution photo in 4:3 and a 6MP resolution photo in 16:9, right?

  • bat0nas

    Is it compatible with other phones? Galaxy Nexus running stock Android 4.3?

    • miri

      4.4+

      • bat0nas

        Yet another reason to upgrade the hardware :(

        • Teodor Axel Johan Jönsson

          Or install CM 11 and get Android 4.4, I have it and it works good now.

          • bat0nas

            Thanks but no. I'm done with betatesting CM. Even their final versions are not compatible with my understanding of "stable". I will stay with stock for a while.

  • Nuno Guerreiro

    Panorama now has a Maximum quality option!!!

  • http://mobers.org/ psydex

    Why is it so hard to put a god damn manual focus? I was able to do that
    on my Sony Ericsson K800i back in the day. Why not on a smartphone ....
    Google Camera doesn't even have a "macro mode". *facepalm*

  • MrNako

    Does it have White balance controls this time? Is there a way to install this without overwriting the default Camera app? I still like the old one, I would like to have both. Also, I remember when in ICS they had some cool live effects in video mode, so sad they removed that a long time ago, that was such a cool feature at the time.

  • Zara

    hey how do i change it back to full sensor, accidentally picked cropped sensor. Thanks!

  • alan1

    Hopinf someone can help. I'm running CM 11 M6 on a rooted Nexus 5.

    I was impatient and installed the Google Camera from the apk file posted on this page. I downloaded it to my "Download" folder and installed. Now, when I'm in the Play Store under My Apps, Google Camera does not show as "Installed". When I click Install, it downloads, says installing, and then just shows the "Install" button.

    I tried Uninstalling with Titanium Backup, but it just says, "Failed to locate the apk file."

    I tried moving the apk file to "/data/app" and "/system/app", as someone thought maybe it was looking for the apk file in one of those locations, but no success.

    Thoughts?

    • Tom Osborn

      I haven't tried. Have you sorted it yet?

      • alan1

        Google Camera is still saying INSTALL in the Play Store. I tried installing a backed up version I had in Titanium Backup from about three weeks ago. I restored the App + Data and it still won't let me uninstall from Titanium Backup and says INSTALL in the Play Store, even though it is definitely installed. I've pooched something! Haha

      • alan1

        Mmm. Thought I replied to you already but maybe I closed Chrome too quickly.

        Still not working. So, I restored a TWRP backup from May 26. Then Google Camera showed as "FREE" in the Play Store, so I installed and now it shows "INSTALL" again rather than "open" or "Uninstall". I am confused. Maybe I'll trying unlinking it from the Play Store/Market using Titanium Backup.

        • Tom Osborn

          Ta. I just installed Google Camera from Play Store, and it works. On Galaxy S i9000 (>3 years old) on CM11, 20140517 NIGHTLY. No panorama or fisheye. The Camera from CM11 still crashes sometimes (ie, reboots the phone). Facebook pic and vid uploads hang at times. T.

  • SIKE_333

    i Hope they put slow motion video on nexus 7 :P

  • SIKE_333

    i really need slow motion on my nexus 7 coz my sis has a phone 5s and she has slow motion cam already :/

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