All smartphones have their own camera app designed by the manufacturer. Google’s Nexus phones however, have their own Google Camera app which eventually made it to the Play Store for download by any device. In a previous update Google removed the option to capture photos while the phone was recording in video mode, and with no indication of why it was taken away users were left to wonder whether or not Google would be bringing the feature back. If you use the Google Camera quite a bit, it appears that Google has just started pushing an update to the app which brings it to version 3.2.042 with some changes and at least one new feature.
If you’ve already updated the app but have yet to use it, or if you have received the update yet, this latest version of the Google Camera reintroduces the ability to capture photos while the phone is recording video in video mode. Before when the feature was available all users had to do when recording video if they wanted to take a picture, was tap on the screen and the app would save a frame from the recording as a still photo.
Now that Google has brought the feature back, snapping photos in video mode happens much in the same way as before, but users no longer tap simply anywhere on the screen as Google has included a dedicated button for capturing photos during a video recording, which is now a little round white button that sits just above the record button. This should make it easy for those who used Google Camera but weren’t aware of the photo capture feature before to realize that it’s now once again part of the experience. Other than the return of the photos in video mode, Google has made some tweaks to the interface by moving the slow motion feature into the hamburger menu, and it appears that Google has visually updated the shutter button as well as the button used for switching between the front and back cameras. This follows another recent change to the Google Camera that came in the last update which allowed for quick access to the Photos app from within the Google Camera.