Google Camera app hits the Play Store

Google Camera app hits the Play Store

Google has launched its very own Camera app in the Play Store that is different from the application shipping with stock Android 4.4 KitKat.

The first thing you will notice is a super-simple user interface that “gets out of your way” and is “centered on an extra large capture button.” So it’s like your grandma’s camera app in a way.

But there’s more, including the fancy Lens Blur mode for taking SLR-like photos with shallow depth of field, as well as Panorama and Photo Sphere modes the second of which is used for “immersive 360-degree views.” Viewfinder is back to 100%, meaning what you see will always be what you get in your final shot with no dropped pixels.

Accessing different modes is as simple as it should be — and as it’s already the case on the Moto X — simply swipe from the left to toggle between Google Camera’s different modes.

On the downside though, some advanced features that came with the preloaded Camera app are missing, including the white balance settings. We’ve no idea why Google decided to kill additional features and can only think they did this to make the app as simple as possible.

Anyhow, if your phone or tablet is running Android 4.4 KitKat, you are free to try out the new Google Camera app and see whether it works for you… or you prefer something with much more features. It’s you call.

Google Camera (FREE) [Google Play Store]

  • Jason Winfield

    KitKat breaks out several apps from the os so you don’t have to wait for os level upgrades. The camera app is just the latest to receive such treatment. So really the camera app your talking about IS stock app for those running kitkat

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