The latest update to the Google Camera app allows you to mute the pesky shutter button tune

The latest update to the Google Camera app allows you to mute the pesky shutter button tune
Cameras on smartphones have gotten astonishingly good over the years. While we're likely still some time away before we can truly replace a full-fledged DSLR with a camera that's included on the pocket-computer we carry around every day, the recent progress that the industry has made is phenomenal.

Along with an increase in overall image and video quality, the software that we use to interact with said cameras has also been getting better. There are plenty of options out there whether you want to have full manual controls or as simple of an interface as possible, and one camera app that's received steady improvement since its release is the Google Camera. The latest update that's just been released (version 4.3) brings a small, yet undeniably useful addition to the Google Camera app - the ability to silence the shutter button while taking a picture.

Once you've downloaded the latest update, simply head to the Settings page and disable the toggle listed as 'Camera sounds' under the General section. Doing so will get rid of the shutter button while snapping photos on your Pixel or Nexus device, but it's also worth mentioning that disabling this new toggle will also mute the beeps that are emitted while taking a photo with the countdown timer turned on.

The new update is available in the Google Play Store now, so be sure to check it out if you've yet to receive the 4.3 upgrade.

source: Google via 9to5Google

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8 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

I like how simple it is to use on my Nexus 6P.

8. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I tried on some LG and Sony phones, turning your phone to silent/vibrate only turns your camera sound off. Maybe someone can try and comment here if it will work on others?

2. fancollo

Posts: 130; Member since: Dec 30, 2015

really? months and months to add silence option of the shutter? I sometimes don't get how it's possible that a company like Google has Allo, Google Camera, Spaces etc...

3. djcody

Posts: 227; Member since: Apr 17, 2013

About time Google!

4. aman5mathur

Posts: 241; Member since: Mar 28, 2014

Ive heard that it's illegal in some countries to silence this tone so that privacy cannot be compromised. Still.....

5. k9luvr

Posts: 122; Member since: Oct 17, 2016

Wow. And they say Apple is on the cutting edge of technology. What will Google think of next? The sky is the limit. Who would have ever thought of muting a shutter sound. Google deserves innovation of the year award!

6. k9luvr

Posts: 122; Member since: Oct 17, 2016

I bet the engineer who thought of this will be the next CEO of Google.

7. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Remember its Phonearena staff reporting on an Google app change log. There will always be feature added or remove across the three platforms. Your outrage shown to me you have done no independent thinking and let your fandom took over.

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