Google Camera 4.1 update adds twist gesture to switch front/rear camera and more

Google Camera 4.1 update adds twist gesture to switch front/rear camera and more
Google has been pushing a few interesting updates to its Camera app recently in version 4.1 that shipped with the latest Developer Preview image of Android 7.0 Nougat. Not all of the new features are apparent or anything that you might notice if you didn't know they were there, so we're here to help you out with what we know so far.

Maybe the most useful new feature is the option to pause video recording. The most direct result of this would be saving time on potential edits if you're putting together anything with your video. Stopping and starting would mean having to edit clips together, but pausing will let you change up some things and keep recording right there. 

Another nice feature for the selfie-obsessed out there is the new twisting gesture to quickly swap between your front and rear cameras. It's the same twisting motion you may have seen on the Moto X used to launch the camera. It may not be super useful for those who don't bother with selfies (or have no problem tapping the on-screen button to switch cameras), but it's a nice enough addition. 

Unfortunately for most, the Google Camera v4.1 APK appears to only work on devices running Android 7.0 Nougat, but since the full update is expected to start rolling out to everyone soon enough, we'd expect to see the Camera update roll out wider when that happens.

source: Android Police 1 & 2



1. Amroze

Posts: 597; Member since: Jul 04, 2016

Who actually uses this?

2. Jorgemerino97

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

I use Google Camera for taking panoramas...

5. Remmy

Posts: 189; Member since: Jul 31, 2012

+1 Never liked Xperia's panorama lol

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5728; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

HDR+ is amazing I've tried several third party HDR, "smart auto", Super modes, ... None of them can match HDR+ I wish if there was HDR+ panoramas Google Photos can automaticatlly detect and render, but it output is pretty low resulotion I use a desktop program to stitch HDR+ photos togther

3. strbckboy

Posts: 20; Member since: Jul 13, 2016

Umm...pretty much anyone with a Nexus...and I'm sure plenty of others. Remember, just because it isn't relevant to you, doesn't mean that it isn't relevant to others.

4. yoghibawono

Posts: 240; Member since: May 04, 2016

Xiaomi used it for miui6 and 7 and disabling this feature on 8. why?

6. mammary.moon

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 30, 2016

Because the chinese are not very clever

8. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Always on voice command, Moto display (ambient display), twist to switch/open camera, project Ara.. Lol. Google basically stealing motorola out of business. :D

9. uzimafioso

Posts: 469; Member since: Jul 15, 2014

Lol Google has kept all the parents and only sold the brand name and usage rights

10. yyzamin

Posts: 382; Member since: Aug 26, 2015

iPhones have had this feature since iOS7. Nothing revolutionary here...

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