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Report: Google Camera 3.0 packs in smart bursts, animated GIFs, and other tricks

Derek Walter | Sept. 15, 2015
The newest version of Google Camera should debut with the two Nexus smartphones that are just around the corner.

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Credit: Derek Walter

Google may be working up a number of photo tricks for its camera app.

Android Police tore into a pre-release build of Google Camera, and found several new clues about what version 3.0 might include. The first is SmartBurst, which fires off a quick succession of photos with your camera.

There’s a code string that spells out a new animation tool in pretty good detail: “Check out SmartBurst, a feature that intelligently captures interesting moments and a GIF and a collage. To activate, hold down the capture button in the rear-facing camera for as long as you’d like.”

Additionally, Google may be rolling all these into a new section called Creations. It’s already referenced in the current edition of Google Photos, as your unused suggestions from the Assistant are sent to the “unsaved creations” section. There are also stringers referencing “Photo Booth” and “Group Smiles,” so even more could be on the way.

Along with all the new features, other code indicates you’ll be able to turn these new tools off if you want your Photos app to perform more like a traditional camera roll.

Why this matters: Google’s big push into photography isn’t slowing down. These features sound like the type of thing Google would want to show off when introducing new smartphones, just as Apple demoed Live Photos when announcing its new iPhones. With new Nexus phones rumored for September 29, we may get to see all these new tricks very soon.


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