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Motorola's camera app in Google Play Store gets an update

Motorola's camera app in Google Play Store gets an update
As a way to get changes to the Motorola Moto X camera to users quickly, without having to wait for carriers to push out an update, Motorola posted an app in the Google Play Store. The app has now been updated to version 3.1.41.2 which brings with it some changes. The updated version of  Motorola Camera adds manual controls for focus and exposure. Also, the app now offers a locked exposure while you're taking a panorama shot, support for additional languages and the usual bug fixes. With the update, knowledgeable photographers can have better controls over their photographs. Others can count on the enhanced touch-to-focus feature that automatically sets exposure based on the light the camera senses from the camera lens.

Motorola has tried very hard to improve the camera with the Motorola Moto X and Motorola Moto G. The double wrist twist to turn on the camera was one of the innovations offered by the wholly owned Google subsidiary. Past Motorola models featured slow-launching camera apps, especially when compared to snappers found on other Android handsets.

Kudos to Motorola for the whole idea of bypassing carrier testing to get updates to customers faster. Certainly owners of the Moto X would rather take a quick trip to the Google Play Store to update the camera as opposed to waiting for an OTA update. For those with the flagship Motorola Android model, the update to the 10MP snapper is waiting for you at the Google Play Store.

Screenshots from the Motorola Camera app
Screenshots from the Motorola Camera app

Screenshots from the Motorola Camera app


source: MotorolaCamera via AndroidAuthority

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posted on 12 Dec 2013, 22:27 8

1. zekes (Posts: 207; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)


this is how it should be with every Android phone I give props to Motorola

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 23:28 4

5. Shatter (Posts: 1999; Member since: 29 May 2013)


For anyone who wants it.

http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?p=44009561

Your welcome.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 22:47

2. reckless562 (Posts: 675; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


can any decent android phone dl the moto camera app? i havent tried yet

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 22:57

4. LordCaedus (Posts: 48; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)


By the looks of it, no. My brother cannot download it onto his GS3.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 23:33

6. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5620; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


What about owners of the Droid Ultra, Maxx and Mini? Camera on those is supposed to be the same as on the X.

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 00:33

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5620; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Update: It appears the app is compatible with the new Droids (at least the Maxx). I was able to download and install the app on my Maxx (Yay!!!). I will try it out during the day to check out the improvements.

Props to Moto for really stepping up their game!

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 13:05

13. bwhiting (Posts: 165; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)


The play store has the update for the Droid Ultra and other new Droid models. It works on my Ultra and has no problems whatsoever.

Didn't use the apk file that was posted since Google notified me that I had an update waiting for it.

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 16:27

14. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3952; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


I got the update, but I didn't get the new features, just the new icon. Inside the app is exactly the same.

posted on 14 Dec 2013, 06:30

16. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5620; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


Bummer :-(

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 22:56 1

3. LordCaedus (Posts: 48; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)


As an owner of the Moto X I gotta say that I love this. I have gotten so many updates that would have taken months otherwise. Motorola has gotten a lifelong customer with the way they have handled this phone.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 23:38

7. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 694; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Hmmm what other apps are there left to be decoupled from the system? Launcher is one of them

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 05:55

10. marbovo (Posts: 621; Member since: 16 May 2013)


I think that on kitkat, google put the launcher code into the seach app, so it´s like they decoupled it.

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 09:21

11. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 694; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Come to think of it, I wish every manufacturer decouple their proprietary apps. Can you imagine being able to install the Walkman app one all of your devices?

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 10:04

12. marbovo (Posts: 621; Member since: 16 May 2013)


I think that is very unlikely to happen, OEMs use its apps to diferentiate them from the competition,

It's more likely that they decouple those apps but restrict the download just to their device brand.

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 19:11

15. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 694; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


That's too bad

posted on 13 Dec 2013, 02:08

9. Landmarkcm (Posts: 420; Member since: 11 Aug 2009)


Ya nice they can do this but there launch of the Moto g in the US is a complete joke and there so called "service" levels outsourced & of course horrendous. I would warn anyone against ordering a g from moto directly & yes Im aware of the storm which I fully understand but they are turning a couple day storm into a couple weeks disaster. Your much better off ordering from Amazon if your thinking of picking one up.

posted on 14 Dec 2013, 07:35

17. Davidparker (Posts: 10; Member since: 04 Nov 2013)


why can't other manufactures too update their apps through play store rather then waiting for next rom update -.-

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