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There may soon be a Google Camera app in the Play Store with 3rd party extension support

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There may soon be a Google Camera app in the Play Store with 3rd party extension support
Google has been slowly expanding its Google layer of apps on top of the open source Android system. It has already replaced the stock browser, email app, gallery, calendar, and keyboard. Next up looks to be the camera app, which is a change that has been expected. What wasn't expected is the report that Google's camera app could offer 3rd party extension support, much like the Windows Phone Lens feature.

According to a new report from Engadget, Google is currently testing a camera app that will be launched into the Play Store, which will add quite a few impressive features. Apparently, the app will feature a new UI, a portrait mode that will blur the background, improved panorama and Photo Sphere options, and fixes for framing, which should eliminate any variations between what you see on screen and what appears in your photos. The app may also be opened up for 3rd party extensions, which would allow developers to "create and import custom effects" in the Google camera app. This sounds similar to the Lens feature that you'll find in Windows Phone 8, which allows apps to use the stock camera app with added layers on top. 

The only downside to this whole plan is that the Google camera app may require Android 4.4, which would limit the reach of the app at first. Of course, there is also the fact that if this is a Google app added to the Play Store, there will eventually be more Google-centric features, which we don't know about right now. 

source: Engadget

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posted on 01 Apr 2014, 19:21 3

1. josephnero (Posts: 305; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


Sony was first to do it

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 19:28 10

2. chistoefur (Posts: 52; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


okay? and Google will do it better.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 19:37 3

3. josephnero (Posts: 305; Member since: 16 Nov 2011)


just giving info.also Sony did an awesome job too.let's see how google performs.usually googles projects are very awesome or total mess.i'm excited for this one

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 21:24 3

5. chistoefur (Posts: 52; Member since: 05 Nov 2012)


Agreed. This can only be good news for all of Android.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 09:28

12. rency0722 (Posts: 61; Member since: 12 Jun 2013)


And sadly, Samsung also did it with the S5. Sony's Camera sdk should be more aggressive to other 3rd party app creators. Just like Camera360, in which they should make or even integrate the app into Sony's camera ecosystem.

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 19:46 2

4. crazymonkey05 (Posts: 144; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


I love the Google camera but the only thing I wish they would change is the way you navigate the menus. Ugh its frustrating

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 22:41 1

6. gigaraga (Posts: 927; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Are they adding all the modern features of the camera such as background blurring? That means any device running Android can have that feature...

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 22:59

7. jeeta444 (Posts: 129; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)


its useless..!! because 4.4 is only on 5% of total devices.....it should have support for atleast 4.2 jelly bean....

posted on 01 Apr 2014, 23:07 4

8. ali262883 (Posts: 12; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


What useless ? Its main motive is to improve the stock camera of nexus devices .. almost all nexus devices are running on 4.4 and above ..

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 07:52

10. jeeta444 (Posts: 129; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)


not all people are having nexus devices.... seems lik you have a nexus device.... BTW !! i have a Z1 compact running 4.4 kk and defocus feature is already available in my phone....But still there are above 50% devices are running 4.2 or 4.3 jelly bean....dont you think they also need these features??

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 00:51

9. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1141; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


nokia leads, others follow.

the concept UI would probably be identical to the nokia camera.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 08:44

11. tokuzumi (Posts: 275; Member since: 27 Aug 2009)


This ties in with the rumors that the Nexus 6 (whatever it ends up being called) may be the last true Nexus. With the bulk of the "google experience" apps going into the play store, you will soon be able to buy any phone, and have it look/function similar to a Nexus. But you will also retain the manufacturer enhancements for the specific device. This is pretty much a win-win. This will allow you to mute the manufacturer skin on your device, while taking off some of the pressure of "where is the update for my phone? I want 'x' functionality".

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