Motorola updates their Camera app, turns your device into a GIF machine

March 20, 2014

Motorola is continuing their app update rollout, this time updating their camera app. While the changelog is pretty boring, we can now snap photos with the volume key. Again, that’s pretty standard, but there is one neat trick you can use to get the most from your camera app's performance with the update.

Having a dedicated camera button isn’t really necessary on a smartphone (don’t tell that to Sony), but is handy. It keeps your hands out of the way of your screen, allowing you to see all the action. With the update to the Motorola camera app, we can now use our volume rocker — via the device or an attached headset — to snap photos. That’s already great, but there’s one underutilized function of the Motorola Camera that makes this update just plain awesome.

The Motorola Camera app allows us to snap photos in rapid succession just by long-pressing the screen. With the update, we get the same functionality with the volume rocker or headset volume keys. If you use auto-upload to Google, their auto-awesome feature will make you a GIF machine! All you have to do is make sure your photos upload automatically, and Google will take care of the rest.

The update sounds pretty ho-hum, but the ability to snap pics rapidly with the volume keys is really neat. The changelog also notes the camera will work with Android 4.4.2, which their Moto X and Moto G are already on. Motorola device owners, if you haven’t received the update yet, check the Play Store and get to GIFin’!

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  • Frawlz

    Aaaaaand you couldn’t do this before by holding down the camera button?

  • Jack

    Nice job with the article. Next you’ll tell us the the moto x automatically enhances our photos and allows us to share them with friends?

  • Emmanuel Lopez

    I thought this was some April fools joke, but then I realized were still in march….