A lot of phones have a method of opening the camera quickly when the device is asleep, but not all of them are reliable or all that easy. Snapshot aims to make camera access quicker by starting it up as soon as the phone wakes up, provided the device is in landscape orientation (i.e. the way you're supposed to be taking pictures). It doesn't matter how your phone wakes up—it just so long as it does.


The app's default behavior only launches the camera when you wake the device in traditional picture-taking stance. In portrait mode, Snapshot doesn't do anything. The app has a few configuration options that let you add a delay for opening the camera and (if you upgrade to pro) other orientations like upside down and face down. I'm not sure why you'd want to do that, but the 270 degree landscape might be of interest to you lefties. The app's free definition of landscape is the orientation where the bottom of the phone is on the right.

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Snapshot runs a notification to keep itself active in memory, but there's an option to disable that in the settings. If your phone has a lot of RAM, it might be fine to disable it, no promises, though. Because it only polls the accelerometer when the device wakes up, it shouldn't have any detrimental effects on the battery, but I haven't been testing long enough to know for certain.

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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  • Michael Vaulin

    Can I choose what camera app to use?

    • http://tiboine.com/ Tor Ivan Boine

      try it out, its free ;)
      my guess is that you will be prompted the first time. I only use and have the stock camera.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      It says in the description that you pick the camera app that will launch.

  • Tomáš Petrík

    Ouch, that promo image...
    Samsung camera on a Nexus 5!

    • Joker

      Must be painful for LG lol

  • Steve Freeman

    Ugh...I don't know how the app is, but my eyes somehow went right to that typo within 2s of viewing the image...

    • Daniel

      Ditto! Once seen it cannot be unseen.

  • AeroSlingShot

    Now this is a useful app!

    • kristi

      I like my android phone as well and android phones can do more than an iPhone can. I feel the same way you do AeroSlingShot!

    • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius

      I'll second this.

  • horst

    only compatible with my old asus tf101 but not with my note 2? dafuq?

  • AP

    "is in landscape orientation (i.e. the way you're supposed to be taking pictures)".

    Photographs in portrait orientation are perfectly valid and accepted. *Videos* in portrait mode are evil...

    • RyanWhitwam

      I disagree.

      • pfmiller

        Centuries of art history say you're wrong about that.

        • Wololo

          16:9 screens were kind of rare back than...

          • pfmiller

            What do screens have to do with portraits? Photographs and paintings before them have been done in portrait orientation for centuries before screens were invented.

          • Dissidence


          • pfmiller

            That's not how "whoosh" works.

      • Jason Efstathiou

        And why?

  • Ian Davis

    I like the Moto X, which you can rotate twice to open the camera.

  • Primey_

    What does buying pro give you?

    • yentrog31

      a lighter wallet.

      • Primey_

        It's only 50p LMAO

  • sergejsbabikovs

    Installed it, played for a couple a minutes and put the phone in my pocket. Then it rang, I took the phone and it was stuck completely in camera mode. Like, totally. I could not hang the call, swipe down notifications to enter settings and uninstall the app, press back button or menu or recents. Nothing worked and I missed my call. Uninstalled the app finally.

    • Cool app crew

      Bizarre. Get well soon.

  • Cool app crew

    Interesting. I'm gonna try it for a while.