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Motorola Camera gets update to use volume rocker as shutter button

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Motorola Camera gets update to use volume rocker as shutter button
Not too long ago, Motorola broke away its camera app and released it into the Google Play Store for faster updating. And today, the app saw an interesting update which adding the ability to use the volume rocker as a shutter button. This app update is one that is somewhat odd, because really there shouldn't have been any reason why Motorola would need to add this new feature.

The thing is that Google made this a standard feature with Android 4.3 last summer, and of course, plenty of other manufacturers have added this to their own proprietary camera apps. So, it is odd that Motorola is just adding it now, because it seems as though it would have had to remove the feature from the stock app. Even so, the feature is here, and Motorola has actually made it a bit better. Not only can you take a picture using the volume buttons on your handset itself, but you can even use the volume buttons on a connected headset to take a picture, which is pretty cool.

Still, we would rather see more handsets going the Windows Phone route and building dedicated shutter buttons onto smartphones. It is nice to have a shutter button that is not only placed in a more comfortable spot on the device than where the volume rocker would be, but nothing can compare with having the ability to half-press a shutter button to focus. Digital photos may be easy enough to delete, but it's nicer to not get an out-of-focus shot in the first place. 

Obviously, since this is the Motorola camera, you'll need either a Moto X, Moto G, or one of the new DROIDs. 

Download: Motorola Camera

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posted on 20 Mar 2014, 21:12 2

1. akki20892 (Posts: 3659; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


I can say moto is , RAZR was the class. I mean flip one.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 21:26

2. sip1995 (Posts: 959; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)


So now the shutter button is a must have for a phone.

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 21:48 1

3. sprockkets (Posts: 1366; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Now if they could only make the camera take better pics on the moto g...

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 22:03

4. aayupanday (Posts: 528; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


Gotta try this out on my Moto G

posted on 20 Mar 2014, 22:22 1

5. cheeseycheeser (Posts: 399; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


My Moto Droid Bionic did this out of the box?

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 03:24 1

6. alumoyo (Posts: 240; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)


"Still, we would rather see more handsets going the Windows Phone route and building dedicated shutter buttons onto smartphones."

Why couldn't you say the SONY XPERIA route - HATERS!

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 21:52

8. Kaiser2007 (Posts: 159; Member since: 16 Nov 2013)


SONY and Nokia both have it long ago.

posted on 22 Mar 2014, 04:37

9. alumoyo (Posts: 240; Member since: 26 Aug 2013)


I know - my issue is, this is an ANDROID STORY and there is an ANDROID phone manufacturer (Sony) already doing this - so why elevate Windows Phone as the "exemplary one" and totally deny Sony the credit that they deserve. Neither Nokia nor Windows Phone needed any mention here.

posted on 21 Mar 2014, 03:43 1

7. Scott93274 (Posts: 1364; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)


Not that I'm complaining at all... it's just that I've noticed that Phone Arena is posting an article for every Motorola update that gets released, but not for other manufacturers... are other manufacturers just not releasing frequent updates like Motorola, or is Phone Arena just really big fans of the Moto X & Moto G?

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