Google Camera 3 brings the Nexus 6P, 5X camera UI to all Marshmallow devices, download it here

Let's be honest here, folks, the stock Android camera app is everything but eye-pleasing; despite that it gets the job done, its UI was in desperate need of a revamp. Actually, one of our recent user polls showed that the stock camera app was the least liked aspect of vanilla Android.

That's why we were quite happy to see that Google has not forgotten to spice up its camera interface - the Nexus 6P and 5X arrived a month or so ago and the two stock Android champs featured revamped camera app interfaces. 

Have in mind that the refreshed camera apps were not present in stock Android 6.0 Marshmallow at first, which was a pity, but Google has just fixed this by updating the decouple Google Camera app to version 3.1.021 and endowing it with the Nexus 6P/Nexus 5X interface. Hooray! 

The app is available for any Android 6.0 Marshmallow device out there and apart from treating us to fresh new visuals, it also offers interface improvements. You can now easily switch between the still image and video modes by flicking the screen left and right; previously, this opened your gallery. Additionally, the button that switches between the front and rear cameras is now situated right next to the shutter button.

Google Camera v3.x also brings the Auto HDR+ feature to the Nexus 6, which is rather useful: it adjusts the exposure throughout the scene to offer consistency, thus creating an evenly exposed image. What's more, the updated camera app fixes the Nexus 6P and 5X's SmartBurst issue, which did not allow you to take any burst images at all if you disabled it.

Last, but definitely not least, tapping the screen while shooting a video will not take a still picture, but re-focus the scene.

In case you're sporting a Marshmallow handset, be it a Nexus or not, you can sideload the app by clicking the link below. Otherwise, you need to patiently wait for the update the hit your device.


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1. hafini_27

Posts: 949; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

My Nexus 7 keeps showing can't connect to the camera. Guess I will wait then. The Nexus 6 works flawlessly though.

5. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

That's a slick move, real slick! How many Marshmallow devices are there?

2. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

lol finally Pa

3. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

galaxy camera >>>>>>>> android camera

4. wabre

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 19, 2015

i don't understand why this would matter! all Marshmallow devices should have it already and others can't have it yet obviously. so why posting it here?

10. catfarts

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Because the only Marshmallow devices that had it were the 5x and 6p. Every other device had the older camera even after updating to Marshmallow.

6. Rohitydv

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

wtf this is really buggy... @phonearena you guys should have atleast tested it out then made an article..

7. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

why should PA do the testing before publishing? It isn't thier duty

8. Rohitydv

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

not duty bt i think its their responsibility towards their readers...

9. javy108

Posts: 1004; Member since: Jul 27, 2014

I just downloaded this app from the GStore with my G3, I didnt like it, LG Camera Software is way better.

11. GabrielMicah

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 13, 2015

Hi, anyone here know any app that is an AR video app for android? Which includes SuperSaiyan.

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