Pro tip: the Google Edition camera app can take pics with the volume buttons

Pro tip: the Google Edition camera app can take pics with the volume buttons
If you didn't know yet, the Google Editions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One have slightly updated features compared to Nexus devices with stock Android. The assumption is that they are giving a preview of some features we will see in Android 4.3, which is expected soon. One of the updated apps, the camera app, has already leaked out for adventurous users to sideload onto their devices; and, it brings along with it a feature we've been looking forward to in Android for a long time: using the volume rocker as the camera shutter button.

We had mentioned that the leaked camera app changes the UI slightly, but this is really the big update of the app: you no longer have to use the awkward holding position to be able to tap the on-screen shutter button. This means, when you (or your significant other, or whomever) is taking a selfie, you don't have to hope your finger is positioned properly to hit the shutter button rather than the home button (on a device with soft keys of course). Instead, just tap either the volume up or down key and your photo will be taken. 

About time, eh?

source: Droid Life



1. damokles unregistered


4. pokedude750

Posts: 28; Member since: Aug 10, 2012

And FEATURE PHONES had it before Apple.

10. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Who cares who had it first? I've never had it on my Android phones, so it's new to me.

9. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Actually many Android skins such as Touchwiz and Blur have been doing this for a long time.

12. james004

Posts: 486; Member since: May 15, 2013

CM7 and other developers developed android had such thing features early as 2009. so lets not compare apples and peaches.

16. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

but most phones have own camera button

2. SonyFindOneDroidple

Posts: 865; Member since: May 11, 2013

Feature youve been looking in android for a long time.. If you are pointing stock android then yes.. but galaxies have that feature

3. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

The Galaxy S4 already this with TouchWiz!! :)

5. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

How do activate that on my S4?

7. yadu004

Posts: 72; Member since: Apr 26, 2013

camera>settings>spanner menu> you'll find the volume key option where you can assign the action for it.

8. Tsepz_GP

Posts: 1175; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Took a screenshot, here you go:

6. MobileCaseReview

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Umm my note 2 uses the power button for the shutter. Then again I'm also using beanstalk :)

11. voxmarc

Posts: 339; Member since: Aug 22, 2012

my note 2 nd S3 have this since the release of the device, guys need to play a little bit more time with your Galaxies,,,go>settings>volume key use as....PA this only show that you did not bother to go deep on your reviews of device.

15. ngaleku

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 31, 2011

in my s3 why i don't see the option for using volume key as

13. phonemirer

Posts: 111; Member since: Dec 07, 2012

u can do that with the camera zoom fx app


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

I don't see why they don't just start putting camera buttons back on the sides of phones again, every android phone that is like 4.5+ display have plenty of room and always a wasted space on the sides.

17. lifebeyondearth

Posts: 25; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Because it remains bad ass this way :P

18. AJmeBOY

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 16, 2011

This was an out of the box feature on my Razr Maxx. Michael H and PA need to do a better job exploring their devices before making a blanket statement like this article.

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