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The best camera apps for the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Samsung Galaxy S6 camera

Here you can find the perfect camera app for day-to-day shooting on your Samsung Galaxy S6.

There's little argument that the camera on the Samsung Galaxy S6 is phenomenal, so let's find ways to get the most out of it. We've scoured the Play Store to find the best Android camera apps out there so you can produce great shots quickly and painlessly.

The stock S6 app will optimize for the device's camera better than anything else out there, and Google Camera is an obvious pick (especially if you're hooked on Photo Spheres), but third-party options are always welcome. Keep in mind we're focusing on apps that are handling the actual picture-taking experience. There are other apps that do editing after the fact, but only incidentally have a shortcut for launching into the camera.

These camera apps aren't exclusive to the Galaxy S6 by any means. Odds are you'll find something useful here regardless of which Android phone you're packing.

READ NOW: Our top picks for Samsung Galaxy S6 camera apps!

Camera Zoom FX

Camera Zoom FX has been a mainstay camera app for a long time. Hardware buttons can be remapped to take a shot, or you can just tap anywhere on the screen to shoot (handy for shooting selfies blind). Burst mode, HDR support, voice activated shutter, and software stabilization help you shoot in a variety of circumstances. A timelapse function helps you make animated GIFs. On the post-processing side, there are plenty of bundled filters, and additional themed asset packs available for download. Of course manual controls for ISO levels and white balance are included. Some features will require a $2.99 upgrade to the premium version, but even the free one should meet most of your needs.

Download Camer ZOOM FX in the Play Store

Camera360

Camera360 is another massively popular camera app for Android. On top of fine-tuning ISO, contrast, and brightness settings as you shoot, a wide range of filters are available, which can be previewed on the screen before taking your picture. If you aren't using any automatic image back-up, Camera360 has a free and premium service for keeping shots safe in the cloud. Overall the interface is quite modern and sharp. The core app is free, with premium effects available through an in-app store.

Download Camera360 in the Play Store

Camera FV-5

Camera FV-5 is serious business. Automatic exposure bracketing, long exposure, time lapse, EXIF data, and a wide range of composition guides are just some of the goodies available for those that know what they're doing. Large, visible interface elements are very much in the style of a big-boy SLR. On-screen elements for ISO, f-stop, and shutter speed help you stay informed before taking the shot. The free version of FV-5 is feature complete, except it's limited by resolution. You'll need to pay $3.95 to upgrade and lift the limit.

Download Camera FV-5 in the Play Store

Manual Camera

Manual Camera for Android

Manual Camera provides clean, precision control over your shots. A handy dial interface helps you adjust shutter time, white balance, ISO, and exposure with minimal fiddling. You find a lot here in terms of post-processing, like filters or cropping, but depending on your sensibilities, this might be a good thing.

Download Manual Camera in the Play Store

A Better Camera

A Better Camera offers a full suite of camera utilities in a simple, clean interface. Unlike a lot of camera apps, you can shoot video with A Better Camera, including timelapse. Standard modes like Panorama and Night shot are there, plus some fancier ones like Best Shot which will pick out the sharpest picture in a burst, and Pre-shot, which will include images before you hit the shutter button to make sure you get the right moment.

Download A Better Camera from the Play Store

Your favorite camera apps for the Samsung Galaxy S6?

That's a sampling of the best camera apps available, but what are you using on your Samsung Galaxy S6 to take pictures? Let us know in the comments!

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4 days ago

HipChat goes native, receives a Material Design overhaul

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HipChat has received a large update in which it leaves web-view behind in favor of native, and even scores a Material Design overhaul as well.

The team behind the team communications app HipChat has just released a large update that improves the overall quality of the application. In this update the look and feel has been refreshed, thanks to an all new Material Design overhaul. Additionally they have ditched web-view in favor of a native experience, which will improve the overall functionality of the app.

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4 days ago

Spotify Now will build custom playlists around your day

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Spotify has announced several new features built around making the service into a complete entertainment experience.

Spotify has introduced a number of new features that help tailor the music your music listening to different parts of your day. The new Now section will serve up playlists tailored to activities and times of the day, like the early morning, for your commute, or when you go to bed.

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4 days ago

Twitch app now lets users watch past content from their favorite streamers

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Popular game streaming service Twitch has finally added video on demand (VOD) support to its Android app.

In an update to its Android app today, Twitch has finally added support for video on demand—a feature many gaming fans have been anticipating for a while.

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4 days ago

Motorola Camera gains support for manual exposure control

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Manual exposure controls have made their way into Motorola Camera in the latest update, giving you more control of the photos you are taking.

Motorola has pushed out an update to its Motorola Camera app that brings along manual exposure controls, letting users make the subject brighter or darker before taking the picture.

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4 days ago

Facebook Messenger's free video calling feature is now available in most countries

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Users of Facebook Messenger should now be able to engage in a video call with every other user of the popular messaging app worldwide, with a few exceptions.

A few weeks ago, Facebook added a video calling feature to its Facebook Messenger app for people in the US and 17 other countries. The feature has been expanded and can now be used by people in nearly every other country.

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5 days ago

Hands-on with MixRadio on HTC's BlinkFeed

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HTC BlinkFeed MixRadio

In case you missed it, MixRadio has just been officially released for Android and iOS. It goes further with some HTC devices.

HTC and MixRadio has announced a co-marketing partnership that lets users insert MixRadio playlists into HTC's BlinkFeed. Want to see it in action? Check out our hands-on video using the HTC One M9.

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5 days ago

Google may be getting close to showing off new photo service

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According to a new report, Google may be getting close to taking the wraps off their new photo sharing service.

The unveiling could come at Google I/O, the companies upcoming developer conference which kicks off on May 28. It is no surprise that Google is working to spin photos out of Google+ and into its own app, this has been rumored since last year.

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5 days ago

Proper Google Maps app appears on Android Wear via latest phone app update

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A proper Google Maps app appears on Android Wear

With the latest update to Google Maps on your phone, Android Wear gains some mapping functionality.

After updating to Google Maps version 9.9 on your phone — which brings a neat new transparent status bar and some navigation features — you may notice that there's an actual Google Maps app on your connected Android Wear watch as well. The launcher icon for Maps showed up on our LG Watch Urbane (which of course has the latest version of Android Wear) after simply re-syncing apps after the latest phone app install, and though it appeared to be broken at first, a couple of reboots later and we had a surprisingly full-featured Maps app ... on our watch.

The app can be launched from the app launcher or by voice with an "open Maps" command, and when opened you get a full screen top-down map experience. You can scroll around, pinch-to-zoom (barely) and even switch between true North and device direction views. Zoom in/out buttons appear on the top of the screen when you tap it, which is much better than pinching, and you also get a small pin button that lets you quickly scroll through nearby places and navigate to them — though when you fire up navigation from the Maps app on the watch it still corresponds with launching Maps on your phone.

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5 days ago

CYNGN: A brief history of how Cyanogen OS came to be

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Cyanogen OS

It's a story of inevitability, one that is far from over.

Over the last couple of years, a group of clever software developers have built an empire out of a free alternative to whatever version of Android came included on your phone. Many of those people have come together to form a company, with the goal of taking this free alternative and turning it into a compelling option for hardware manufacturers to put on their retail devices.

We've seen the success Cyanogen Inc. has had so far — with a fair bit of very public conflicts early on — but the origin of this company has everything to do with how this company plans to succeed, and frankly that's a story worth telling.

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5 days ago

The best podcast apps for the Samsung Galaxy S6

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Podcast apps for the Samsung Galaxy S6

Settle into your favorite shows with these podcast apps for the Samsung Galaxy S6.

We're going to help you find the best way to line up podcasts on the Samsung Galaxy S6, clear out the old ones, and keep them coming in the future. Without a native podcatching app, there are plenty of fantastic developers that have stepped up to the plate to get you your shows.

Of course we don't have to remind you to listen in on our most excellent Android Central Podcast, but you're all doing that already, right? None of these apps are exclusive to the Samsung Galaxy S6, but we're hoping to guide those that just picked up the phone. Whatever device you have, these are the best podcatching apps available on Android.

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5 days ago

Instagram's Layout collaging app has arrived on Android

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Layout, an app for Instagram that makes it easy to build an image collage, is coming today to Android.

First launched for iPhone back in March, Layout is a relatively straightforward app: select the images you want to include, pick a grid, make a few tweaks, and then save it and sent it out to Instagram or the social service of your choice.

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5 days ago

MixRadio leaves beta, brings the noise to the Google Play Store for the first time

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MixRadio

Popular streaming music service, MixRadio, has today announced its official arrival on Android at an event in New York City.

The expansion away from Windows Phone comes as MixRadio recently left Microsoft ownership and was acquired by LINE, perhaps best known for its cross-platform messaging app. And for HTC owners there's an added bonus, too.

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5 days ago

Android smartphones users can now check out preview versions of Office apps

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Microsoft now has preview versions of its Word, Excel and PowerPoint Office apps available for testing on Android smartphones.

After launching its Word, Excel and PowerPoint Office apps for Android tablets back in January, Microsoft is now allowing Android smartphone owners to test preview versions of those same apps.

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5 days ago

Samsung Flow Beta hits Google Play, making it easy to move work between devices

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The Samsung Flow Beta has landed in Google Play, letting you move your work between compatible Samsung devices while on the go.

Samsung first introduced Flow back at its Samsung Developer Conference 2014, and the app has now made its way to Google Play in beta form. What Flow does is allow users to move content between Samsung devices, so they can complete the work on the best fit device.

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