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Okay, partially new. One of the most exciting changes here is the return of the ability to take photos while shooting a video. But this feature comeback is part of a greater change to the camera interface. Visual tweaks are aplenty. The panel is now
semi-transparent black instead of grey (as a reader pointed out). Slow motion has appeared in the side menu. The icon for switching between front and rear-facing cameras has gone from square to round. And the shutter button has also received some love.
To make things better, you don't have to install the developer preview to get your hands on these changes. The APK is available for download, and it can run on general Android devices running 6.0.
You can grab the file at the usual location below. And here's the changelog to gloss over while you're scrolling down.
- You can now take photos while shooting video once again (there's a new button on the top right)
- Slow motion is now a separate pullout menu item rather than a button in regular video mode
- Updated shutter button
- Updated icon for front/rear camera swap
Note, not every feature is guaranteed to work, and developer preview APKs in general can be crashy.
A few readers have written in to inform us about the return of Tiny Planet mode. Tap the pencil while viewing a photosphere to make your creation resemble a tiny planet. This feature previously went away in version 2.5.
If you're unfamiliar with this feature, here's a video demonstration.
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
Version: 3.2.040 (2746612-30)