New update to Google's Camera app brings Selfie Flash

Android O

Android O

While the update only includes a handful of minor changes, they actually add up to making the photography experience on Android much better.

Reuters/Mark BlinchGoogle has added new features to their Camera app version 4.4. Since most smartphones don't have a flash built in to the front-facing shooter, Google Camera mitigates this by adding a manila-toned slab right as your selfie is taken, which is supposed to help produce a little extra light in dimmer settings.

We're big fans of the Google Pixel's camera, which uses some complex software to take its fantastic images. That is, not all smartphones have an LED flash on their faces.

To access the functionality while taking a selfie, just make sure the Flash option is set to automatic or on. A single tap usually changes the focus to that area but if you tap twice in quick succession, the camera app will zoom up to 50% instantly. Moreover, the feature also brings shortcut gestures, like double tap to zoom, swipe to toggle between taking photos and shooting videos. You'll know it's enabled when you see the lower third of the screen covered by a block of beige. Sadly, those numbers seem to be fixed and there's no way to customize that.

Google has rolled out yet another update to its camera app and can be downloaded via PlayStore. While the latest version is now available outside of Android O preview, it requires at least Android version 7.1. Once zoomed in, the user can also double-tap to zoom back out to the normal field view. The usual security disclaimers apply.

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