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Jul
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Google updated its official Camera app with Wear support recently, but that just makes the watch into a shutter button with image review. Wear Camera Remote is a proof-of-concept app that streams the viewfinder to Android wear and works as a shutter.

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When you install the app on your phone, it syncs over a Wear APK to the watch. Starting the camera app from either end will open it on the other, then your watch gets a feed from the phone instantly. It's delayed about half a second and the image is a bit pixelated (in addition to being tiny), but that's because of Bluetooth bandwidth and the limited resources available to Wear apps. You can tap on the screen to snap a pic or long-press for a five-second timer. One particularly neat thing is that it works even when the phone's screen is off (let's ignore the potential creeper uses for now).

This is definitely still a rough example of better photo capture on Android Wear. The Wear end only works with the main Wear Camera Remote app on the phone, which is lacking in options – there's no tap to focus, no settings, and no flash. It's also a bit crashy. Don't expect this to replace your camera app of choice, but it's still kind of awesome. The app will evolve over time, and the developer has posted the source for others to play with.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • anmolm97

    It's getting harder to wait for the Moto 360.

    • hamza zafar

      Same here. But will the moto 360 have Android Wear or Moto's own software?

      • anmolm97

        I'm pretty sure it will have Android Wear.

      • jamaall

        Of course it will have Android Wear, that's why it was announced at I/O. I'm sure they can make minor changes to it though.

        • https://plus.google.com/+OllyPercival OllyPercival

          I don't think they can. As far as I've read, OEMs must use Wear as it is or not at all!

          • jamaall

            There really isn't much you can change with Wear. I mean, all they can really do is add their own watch faces, and besides from that, there isn't much you can do. All other apps are installed on your phone, so its not like they can have custom apps installed either.

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      • Adrian Meredith

        android wear was pretty much designed for it. Hence they built native support for round screens from day one.

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    • Deeco

      Actually, I think it's good that Moto 360 isn't released yet...as more apps are being developed for wear in the meantime.

  • Konrad Krawczuk

    Imagine child cam on your wrist when he is in his room ?:)great idea:D

    • Eric Brown

      Another application could be taking some shots that would have been totally wild before, but now you can put the camera anywhere and make sure you're getting the best photo.

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

      Not sure a BT connection alone is good enough if you move around, but I really want Dropcam to do this.

  • Dirty Dave

    This seems resource intensive for no reason. If I REALLY need to take a great pic from a distance with my phone and view it during before and after, surely a tablet would be a better option rather than squinting at a watch?
    The google camera implementation seems better

    • Jason Bourne

      This would be for selfies using the rear camera (more pixels)... and/or to remotely snap shots your mark.

      • Dirty Dave

        Seems like a whole lot of effort for a selfie

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    • remister

      But wait, who's watching?

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  • Indianajonze

    so...that dormant wifi chipset in the samsung gear live...i wonder if it would be possible to hand such tasks over to the wifi connection to eliminate the bandwidth constraints of bluetooth for such tasks

  • Andy_in_Indy

    So, Can it work the other way, too? Can I make camera or IR sensor that streams over Bluetooth to my phone? Like a tiny mcrocamera on a wall or something on the front of my paintball gun so I can shoot around corners?

    Can I use the Android Wear system to stream video from my phone to my eyepiece without the full power consumption of a wifi connection?

  • Mario

    I wish the Gear Live had a camera build in and better specs like the Gear 2. Maybe the XDA Gods will bless us with an Android Wear port for the Gear 2.

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      That's what I'm REALLY hoping for

  • Jax Spade

    I am HATING Motorola right now... May actually buy a LG G watch until I can upgrade to 360

  • Rickrau5

    Maybe we will see screen mirroring in the future?