Google updates the camera app with Selfie flash feature

Google Camera update brings double-tap to zoom feature

Google Camera update brings double-tap to zoom feature

There has been a lot of attention given to smartphone cameras these days but while the hardware does have major importance, the software can also help or mar the overall experience.

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 even when the Google Camera was sideloaded onto other devices, HDR+ remained disabled. Before this existed, you had to use the zoom bar. 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.

It's not perfect, mind you. Not a groundbreaking addition but it's simple and acts as a quick alternative to using the zoom slider.

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The version 4.4 update also brings a few more shortcut gestures, such as double tap to zoom, and swipe to toggle between shooting video and still photos. That's it. Now when you capture the image, the app will produce a little extra light, simulating flash. 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. The usual security disclaimers apply.