Google Camera update brings double-tap to zoom feature

Google Pixel

Google Pixel

Pair great hardware with a barely usable camera app and you're phone is sure to get ignored.

Update 11:02 ET: In our original coverage of the latest Google Camera update we mentioned that the selfie-flash feature is new to Google Camera v4.4.

But the Google Camera app just got a major update, including a much-wanted selfie flash. This isn't going to give you a perfect Pixel camera, but it does look as though it can put Google's software to work for your images if you don't have one.

Selfies may be an important facet of modern smartphone use, but not all phones were made to cater to the selfie-loving crowd. Now, when you go to take a photo with your front-facing camera, the phone's screen will fill with a bright manilla color to shine some light on your face.

A new, unrevealed feature is the double-tap to zoom. More importantly, due to the HDR+ technology which allows anyone to capture stupendous images in a jiffy without any manual effort. Double tap to automatically zoom in and back out. While doing so, they found references to Muskie (a rumored Pixel device that appears to have been shelved) Pixel XL2, which leads them to suspect that the modifications are tricking the app into thinking that it's running on the Google Pixel's successor. While the latest version is now available outside of Android O preview, it requires at least Android version 7.1. If you're in a rush, however, you can always download the signed APK from APK Mirror and sideload it yourself. The usual security disclaimers apply.

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