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More goodies found in the Google Camera APK including Photo Sphere Live Wallpapers

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More goodies found in the Google Camera APK including Photo Sphere Live Wallpapers
Earlier today, Google released its own camera app into the Play Store, bringing a few improvements over the stock Android camera. The Google Camera has a new UI, a new feature called Lens Blur, and it gives anyone on KitKat the ability to shoot Photo Spheres. Of course, Google also has plans for the future, and there is some evidence of what it's planning in the APK.

According to some snips of code found by the code-hounds at Android Police, it looks like Google is planning to allow you to not just shoot Photo Spheres, but to then use those images as a Live Wallpaper. There are even indicators that Google will be promoting this feature from within the app (as in the image which we've used for the title of this article.)

The code also points to more shooting modes on the way, including Advanced Camera Mode, Time Lapse Mode, and Wide Angle Mode. The latter two are fairly self-explanatory. Time Lapse Mode was actually a part of the stock Android camera that Google first added back in the Galaxy Nexus. Wide Angle Mode is a feature that other manufacturers have used to allow for 16:9 photos. Advanced Camera Mode could mean a few different things, but there are indications that it would include manual white balance, focus options, and scene settings. 

And, Google is also looking into adding features to video recording. There is code indicating a relatively standard feature for taking a photo while recording video, but there are more features which Google seems to be pulling from options it had first released with the Galaxy Nexus. There are bits pointing to being able to morph faces while recording video, which was part of Google's first demo of its facial recognition software. There are also options to change the background of a video to space or a sunset. 

Google undoubtedly has a lot more options planned for its camera, and it's likely that they won't all be specifically camera features. This is a Google app now, which means there will likely be more integration with Google+, location services, and other Google products. Really, it's a matter of waiting to see how quickly Google updates the new app.

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posted on 16 Apr 2014, 20:31 2

1. bestmvno (Posts: 251; Member since: 07 Mar 2014)

These additions sound great and are long overdue. Hopefully they get implemented sooner rather than later.

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 21:14 1

2. vincelongman (Posts: 5068; Member since: 10 Feb 2013)

Hopefully Advanced Camera Mode allows more manual control
Also slow mo recording would be cool, I like the way Sony implemented it on the Z2
And a burst mode as well

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 21:29

3. bwhiting (Posts: 188; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)

The only thing I would like is the burst mode that my default camera has since the other stuff that it comes with is more than what I got for the actual Moto Droid Ultra one.

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 22:23 2

4. irfanil (Posts: 32; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

bring .dng RAW support! :)

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 23:02

5. aayupanday (Posts: 580; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)

Doubt they work on the Moto G.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 12:55

6. avasponge (Posts: 44; Member since: 03 May 2012)

slow motion recording and burst mode would be nice

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