Google Camera Updated for Android 5.0 Lollipop

October 31, 2014 - Written By Phil Bourget

Google has been really supportive of their latest venture, the Android Wear platform, with compatible updates from their core Google services and apps. One of the nice features of the Android Wear platform is the new form factor and its uses. Smartwatches can have many useful and many convenient uses. Some of us use them as easy to access notification panels for our phones and tablets. Some of us use them as wristphones, while some of them use them as our primary timepiece. And some of us want to use them as a camera.

But not a regular camera on its own. The Wear device on your wrist has the possibility to act as an extension of the device in your pocket, purse, or bag. Google’s camera software used to be relegated to Nexus devices exclusively after the Android 4.2, Jelly Bean, update. But after some time and the Kit Kat, Android 4.4.4, update earlier this year, we got some multi-device love, with the Google Camera on the Google Play Store. The camera can be installed on any Kit Kat-clad device (tablet or phone) and lets you take photosphere and the like to your heart’s content.

Now, with Android Wear being a more solid and stable platform, it was about time Google got some special features for their camera onto Wear. With the recent update to the Google Camera, a feature we have seen appear and disappear make another appearance. This power is the ability to use your connected Android Wear watch to function as a remote shutter control.

How great is that? If you hand your phone to someone, or use it as a camera on a tripod, to take a group shot, you can control the phone’s camera to take a picture just when you want. The remote shutter capability might disappear in an upcoming update, but get to using this while it’s here. Have you tried out the remote shutter control of Wear with Google’s Camera app? If you haven’t tried out the app, does this make it worth trying out, at least to show off your spiffy Android Wear watch? Let us know down below.