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Pro tip: the Google Edition camera app can take pics with the volume buttons

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Pro tip: the Google Edition camera app can take pics with the volume buttons
If you didn't know yet, the Google Editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One have slightly updated features compared to Nexus devices with stock Android. The assumption is that they are giving a preview of some features we will see in Android 4.3, which is expected soon. One of the updated apps, the camera app, has already leaked out for adventurous users to sideload onto their devices; and, it brings along with it a feature we've been looking forward to in Android for a long time: using the volume rocker as the camera shutter button.

We had mentioned that the leaked camera app changes the UI slightly, but this is really the big update of the app: you no longer have to use the awkward holding position to be able to tap the on-screen shutter button. This means, when you (or your significant other, or whomever) is taking a selfie, you don't have to hope your finger is positioned properly to hit the shutter button rather than the home button (on a device with soft keys of course). Instead, just tap either the volume up or down key and your photo will be taken. 

About time, eh?

source: Droid Life

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posted on 27 Jun 2013, 12:07 2

1. damokles (unregistered)


APPLE HAD THAT BEFORE GOOGLE, FTW!

^___^

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 12:28 16

4. pokedude750 (Posts: 28; Member since: 10 Aug 2012)


And FEATURE PHONES had it before Apple.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 13:15 5

10. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2678; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Who cares who had it first? I've never had it on my Android phones, so it's new to me.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 13:13 5

9. mas11 (Posts: 1030; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


Actually many Android skins such as Touchwiz and Blur have been doing this for a long time.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 16:03

12. james004 (Posts: 477; Member since: 15 May 2013)


CM7 and other developers developed android had such thing features early as 2009.
so lets not compare apples and peaches.

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 07:49

16. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1145; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


but most phones have own camera button

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 12:22

2. SonyFindOneDroidple (Posts: 450; Member since: 11 May 2013)


Feature youve been looking in android for a long time.. If you are pointing stock android then yes.. but galaxies have that feature

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 12:27 4

3. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 822; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


The Galaxy S4 already this with TouchWiz!! :)

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 12:46

5. therealestmc (Posts: 129; Member since: 23 Jul 2012)


How do activate that on my S4?

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 12:54 2

7. yadu004 (Posts: 63; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)


camera>settings>spanner menu> you'll find the volume key option where you can assign the action for it.

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 12:55 1

8. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 822; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Took a screenshot, here you go:
http://imgur.com/oLVAyPd

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 12:51 1

6. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 241; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Umm my note 2 uses the power button for the shutter. Then again I'm also using beanstalk :)

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 16:00 2

11. voxmarc (Posts: 313; Member since: 22 Aug 2012)


my note 2 nd S3 have this since the release of the device,......you guys need to play a little bit more time with your Galaxies,,,go to....camera>settings>volume key use as....PA this only show that you did not bother to go deep on your reviews of device.

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 02:46

15. ngaleku (Posts: 4; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)


in my s3 why i don't see the option for using volume key as

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 17:23

13. phonemirer (Posts: 111; Member since: 07 Dec 2012)


u can do that with the camera zoom fx app

posted on 27 Jun 2013, 17:47

14. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 3033; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


I don't see why they don't just start putting camera buttons back on the sides of phones again, every android phone that is like 4.5+ display have plenty of room and always a wasted space on the sides.

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 07:51

17. lifebeyondearth (Posts: 25; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Because it remains bad ass this way :P

posted on 28 Jun 2013, 09:15

18. AJmeBOY (Posts: 29; Member since: 16 Dec 2011)


This was an out of the box feature on my Razr Maxx.

Michael H and PA need to do a better job exploring their devices before making a blanket statement like this article.

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