The Google Camera app may soon become far more powerful

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So Google just unleashed its Google Camera app on the Play Store. With the exception of a relatively cumbersome depth-of-field effect called Lens Blur, it's really not very special. It's simple and easy to use, and that's good, but it's not exactly what we would call "feature-rich."

Maybe the advanced features we crave are on the way after all. Android Police ripped apart the APK and foundĀ all kinds of interesting strings for features that aren't apparent in the app just yet.

Photo spheres as live wallpaper? Sounds like a neat idea! The image probably moves around as you rotate your phone. There's an Advanced Camera Mode, which I assume is more than just the "Advanced" option in the camera settings, which only lets you enable basic exposure value adjustments.

Time Lapse mode? Check. Wide Angle mode? Check. White balance adjustments? That's in there. Focus modes from Macro to Infinity? Uh-huh! The APK even lists strings for things like taking photos while shooting video, silly video effects, and a "torch mode" for better flash photography.

We have no idea if any of this stuff is actually going to make it into Google Camera, or when, but strings like this generally don't appear in a publicly-released APK if the corresponding features aren't at least in development. Maybe some won't make the cut, or will be exclusive to Nexus devices. But it's all good stuff, and it would have made the Google Camera app a much bigger deal, had it launched with them.

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