"Ok Google, take a picture." Snap.

You can now say a couple of quick lines and get the camera on your Android device to open without you having to press one button. Say "Ok Google. Take a picture," and your camera app is ready to go. Or you can say, "Ok Google. Take a video," and you're ready to capture video. Let's be clear, you still have to press the shutter to take the picture, or click on the video camera icon to record video.

If all of this newfangled modern technology is making you feel a little uncomfortable, you can always simply press the camera icon on your phone to open it. And of course, you can open the camera and switch to video capture mode. But after all of those complaints from upset Android owners dating back a few years, complaining that the camera app takes too long to open (especially Motorola models like the Motorola DROID 3), this might even be more useful than swinging your wrist to open your camera app when that once in a lifetime shot appears right in front of your eyes.


source: Google via Engadget

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13 Comments

1. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

Just tried it. It opened the camera but doesn't actually take a picture.

3. fistigons

Posts: 368; Member since: Feb 11, 2012

Nevermind you guys updated the post right after I made my comment.

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Reading the article is key.

2. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

not in portuguese :(

5. RuiBacelar

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

yup, unfortunatly....

6. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

i would love to see how it will work on all new htc, plus i am not american or british, how google will understand me or others who have some accent, but i am so proud about HTC releasing phone after week and selling phones same day not like samesung.

7. AustinPaul

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Confused. I can take a picture on my note 3 I just saying something like cheese or snap.

8. JocularJ

Posts: 222; Member since: Apr 27, 2011

A nice feature to have but takes longer to take a picture. Personally, I have the camera app as one of my hot keys on my note2 so it's a breeze to just press and go on with the picture. If I could say "ok, Google" and then my action or search of choice then I truly wouldn't need to press a button. But having to go into Google now first it's just an extra step which, yes, is cool, but it's a waste. C'mon Google, give us what Motorola already has ... the ability for Google now to always listen.

11. reckless562

Posts: 1153; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

yup........ i mean you CAN get always on listening via certian apps, but the Moto X as a low power chip that handles Specific low power tasks, such as always on listening. most phones, always on listening will drain batterry life. buuuttt u can Get it!!!!

9. SPASE

Posts: 261; Member since: May 03, 2013

I can command my phone to open camera and say cheese, and it takes a photo. I've tried it 3 meters away from phone, doesn't work all the time though. .. Samsung galaxy s4 active.

10. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

Because this makes it a lot easier lol

12. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

It is cool, but a) it should instantly take the picture not just open the app (cause why is this any better than "open camera app"? I want to take a picture when I say take a picture) b) same for video c) doesn't understand "take a selfie" nor "take a picture using the front facing camera"

13. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

This is slower than the lock-screen shortcut found in Android 4.x. And, for good measure, I added a shortcut to the camera from the notification bar too.

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