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Google Pulls Camera App Out of Android

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Apr 16, 2014, 1:04 PM   by Eric M. Zeman

Google today released a separate version of the stock camera application that ships with many Android smartphones. The app, which can receive improvements outside of full OS updates, has a slightly revised user interface with larger buttons. Google Camera offers a handful of new features, such as Lens Blur mode, which adds depth-of-field effects to make subjects pop. Google Camera also includes Photo Spheres, panorama mode, and a 100% viewfinder so users see everything that will appear in their photos. Google Camera is available to devices running Android 4.4. KitKat and up.

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Apr 17, 2014, 8:57 AM

App Sucks

It lacks a lot of basic features. Looks like it only shoots 4x3, not 16x9. Can't save to SD card.
what makes you think I'll trust the word of a caveman regarding smartphone technology? go back to your cave, crood! lol 😛
For a smartphone camera I think its fine. I rather it be simple and quick, than full of features and slow (GS4). The screen size is reduced, but the viewfinder is 100% the size of the picture, meaning everything you see on the screen is going to appea...

Apr 16, 2014, 2:21 PM

Android becoming closed?

I think it's no big secret that Android is becoming more and more closed as Google moves key parts of Android into GMS. I'm curious if stripping this camera app out of the Android OS is another such move by Google to make Android less open, or if they plan to continue to offer open camera support in Android.
It looks like, step by step google it's pulling out keys app from the AOSP
It's not becoming closed, by separating the functions into apps. They are starting to realize what Microsoft has realized. Having an all inclusive OS, while a novel idea, is more problematic, when you need to update it. You have to do an entire system...
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