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Google updates the camera app with Selfie flash feature

Google updates the camera app with Selfie flash feature

The app has also been independently verified by Amir Zaidi at XDA, who found no malicious code when comparing it to the original app. Pair great hardware with a barely usable camera app and you're phone is sure to get ignored. The update brings a selfie flash to the app. Since majority of the smartphone do not feature a selfie flash, the Google Camera fulfils this by adding a manila-toned slab right as the selfie is captured, which produces extra light for better pictures in low-light condition. But even when the Google Camera was sideloaded onto other devices, HDR+ remained disabled. Just enable flash to use it. Moreover, the feature also brings shortcut gestures, like double tap to zoom, swipe to toggle between taking photos and shooting videos. A single tap usually changes the focus to that area but if you tap twice in quick succession, the camera app will zoom up to 50% instantly. Double tap to automatically zoom in and back out. Sadly, those numbers seem to be fixed and there's no way to customize that.

A Ukrainian developer on 4PDA named 'B-S-G,' presumably a Battlestar Galactica fan, has created a modified version of the Google Camera 4.4 APK bundled with Android O DP3 (not the version just released on the Play Store). While there aren't huge updates, the small refining touches to the camera's UI should make things a bit easier when it comes to taking photos and videos. The usual security disclaimers apply.