While Google’s latest version of the Google Camera app saw the light of day as of yesterday, not everything was covered when it comes to the new additions or changes that users should be expecting when the app update releases to the public. Among what looks like a sea of changes it would appear Google is doing all they can to make the Google Camera all that more appealing as well as functional for those using a device running stock Android or who prefer the Google Camera to other camera apps. Users should already know about the coming inclusions of things like Smart Burst and a feature called “Creations” which is shaping up to allow a multitude of new things like collages and animations among other things.
While the features and changes listed so far from yesterday are already likely to impress and excite, that’s all there is to Google’s tweaks for the app. Version 3.0 of the Google Camera also looks like it will be able to detect dirty lenses, which should allow users to receive an alert notification when they have a camera lens that is less than pristine in the cleanliness department. This might seem insignificant to some, but the reasoning behind it is clear as day. If you don’t have a clear lens, you’re much less likely to get a clear image when you snap off shots, and that’s not something anyone wants. These alerts should pop up when you open the camera app and prepare to take pictures, but it also looks like there will be an option to disable these notifications if you have a lens with a scuff as this could also invoke the alert.
There will also be an automatic setting for the HDR+ mode that Google brought to the camera back when they launched the Nexus 5 in 2013, so users who want the app to decide when it’s best to use HDR+ can let go of any decision making here. This doesn’t mean users will be left without the capability to enable or disable the function as that will of course still be included. Google has also made some changes to the interface of the camera app, and now users can easily swipe from the right edge inward to switch from photos to video, and initiating the same swipe back the other direction will transition things back to photos. This should make moving between these two modes which are arguably the most used that much easier. Lastly, it looks like Google will be working a little more with the Camera2 API in this version of the app and will be introducing a new feature called Slow Motion Video where users have the option to record at either 120fps or 240fps. Right now there’s no indication of when this version of the app will release, but chances are it isn’t far off.