Google Camera reintroduces ability to snap pictures while recording videos

Stock Android’s picture taking app earlier had the ability to snap photographs while recording videos, but the new Google Camera redesign abandoned it for some reason. The folks over at Mountain View have now issued a new update to the application, again allowing users to use this handy attribute.

This release takes the app to version 2.1.042 and is rolling out gradually for Android devices. It should be known that Google Camera can only be utilized on phones and tablets running Android 4.4 KitKat for now. Coming to the new feature, while recording a video if you feel the need to snap up an image, all you have to do it click anywhere on the screen and the job will be done.

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It has also been noticed that the shutter button no longer changes sides when you rotate the device at 90 or 180-degree angles. It was back in April that Mountain View decided to abandon the exclusivity of the Google Camera app to Nexus and GPE devices, thus allowing anyone with Android KitKat installed on their handsets to download the app.

It also meant the Photosphere feature which enables you to sort of take a 360-degree picture of a particular location made its way to non-Nexus and non-GPE devices for the first time. This redesigned app moreover also grabbed the Lens Blur attribute which allows you to adjust focus after clicking an image, just like on the HTC One M8.

Google Camera

The updated Google Camera app is gradually rolling out to KitKat devices via the Play Store, but those who can’t wait to get it can head over to Android Police for grabbing an APK of it.