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The Essential Phone gets better quality photos from a modified Google Camera APK

Left: Essential Camera; Right: Google Camera with HDR+

The reviews for the Essential Phone have started to come in and what we’ve been seeing so far is criticism towards the camera quality of the new device. But it doesn’t seem to be because of the camera sensor itself but something more to do with Essential’s camera software. The Next Web’s Napier Lopez reviewed the device and he installed a modified Google Camera APK that works with most Snapdragon 820+ phones into the Essential Phone to check whether it’s a hardware or software issue. And he found better quality photos on it, which means, the issue lies on software. The good thing about that is, software can be remedied. Let’s hope Essential works on that soon, and we know they already have enough issues to deal with now.


Google brings selfie flash to Camera app

Google updates its native camera app to bring a new feature selfie lovers will like. The Google Camera now has a selfie flash. This feature (and the others that’ll be mentioned below) are designed to work for recent Nexus and Pixel devices that run Android 7.1.1 and above. What the app does is it adds a beige color light right after you take the photo to bring a bit more light into the shot. Google opted to use a warmer color instead of a flash of bright white to make it look a bit more natural. However, as The Verge points out, this feature doesn’t seem to have automatic white balance like that on the iPhone’s camera.

It’s easy to enable the feature, you just need to tap on the Flash icon when you’re in front-facing mode and toggle between automatic or on. You know the feature is enabled if a beige block is covering the menu bar at the bottom. Aside from this, version 4.4 of Google Camera introduces shortcut gestures like swipe to toggle between shooting stills and videos and double tap to zoom.


Google Camera’s update brings Android N Developer Preview features to Play Store

If you use the Google Camera app, then you’re in for a treat. The company’s own camera app gets a new update that matches the features seen in the Android N Developer Preview to the app available on the Google Play Store. What are the new features? You can now capture stills while shooting raw videos. There’s an additional shutter button added in for this feature. The slow motion feature isn’t as easily accessible in video mode either. You now have to access it from the pullout menu. There are also new buttons and icons including the one for the shutter button and the toggle for switching between front- and rear-facing cameras.

Source: Droid Life | Download: Google Play Store (Free)


Google updates Camera app to let you take photos while shooting videos

After releasing the standalone app for the stock Google Camera, Google released a small update for the app that would help endear it more to avid smartphone video takers. The new version 2.1.042 finally lets users take photos while filming clips. It’s not a big update but the feature has been available on other camera apps for a while that it’s good that Google has brought it to its stock Camera app. The update is rolling out at the moment but if you can’t wait, here’s a link to the APK file.

Source: Android Spin