Google Camera update resurrects ability to take pictures while recording video

BY Abhijeet Mishra

Published 7 May 2014

Google Camera update brings back ability to take pictures during video recording

Google recently launched a redesigned camera app for Android devices, and while it had a nice new look, it also lacked some of the features that were there on stock Android’s original camera app. One of those was the ability to take pictures while recording a video, but that is now making a return with the app’s first update that is now available on the Play Store.

For some reason, taking a picture while recording a video doesn’t seem to work on my HTC One M8, but does do its job on the Nexus 7 (2013). There’s another change as far as I can tell, at least on my HTC One M8 – the viewfinder now uses the entire screen for displaying the scene, though I’m not sure if this is new since I didn’t try the original version on the M8. However, given the fact that the black bar on the bottom is still opaque on the Nexus 7, it’s likely a change for devices with cameras that default to an aspect ratio of 16:9, as is the case on the M8 (or maybe it was like that on the first version of the app as well.)

Apart from that, there seems to be nothing new in the update, which means we’ll have to wait a bit more to see the return of some of the other functions that went missing when Google decided to revamp its camera app. The update is currently rolling out on the Play Store, though since it’s a staged rollout and might take some time to propagate, you can download the APK file from the links below and update manually.

Download APK [Mirror] [via Android Police]