Moto X Camera UI Moto X Camera UI

Features include new slide-in controls, hidden buttons and slow-motion video mode

We've seen a whole lot of hardware and spec leaks of the Moto X in the past several days, and now we've got our first in-depth look at a big component of the software experience -- the camera. In several different screenshots of the UI obtained by AndroidPolice, the refined Motorola camera UI is shown to be a completely new paradigm with some small adaptations of what we see on stock Android 4.2 currently.

The main interface change at play here is that the camera controls are revealed by a swipe in from the left edge of the screen and are arranged in a wheel. Swiping from the right instead brings you into the Gallery, the same as you would expect on stock Android 4.2. Buttons to switch between front and rear-facing cameras and to toggle video mode are stagnant on the bottom of the interface. There is no shutter button on the Moto X and pictures can instead be taken by tapping -- and holding for burst mode -- anywhere in the viewfinder. Additionally, digital zoom can be done with swiping up and down on the screen with the camera launched.

If you're looking to learn even more about the Moto X you won't have to wait long, as Motorola is set to unveil the device on August 1st. For now, hang around after the break for a few more looks at the camera interface. 

Source: AndroidPolice

Moto X Camera UI

Moto X Camera UI Moto X Camera UI


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Moto X camera interface revealed with on-screen tutorial


First thing I though of, too. Amazing how often custom roms are plagerized by OEM skins. Well, I assume they don't give them credit or pay them. Down and upside of open source.

This will hopefully implemented officially by companies like Samsung and HTC into their interface as well.

Convince any ROM chef to build a ROM with this particular camera once it gets extracted from a Moto X ROM.

No thanks, I prefer this on stock. Anyway I assume anyone can just take the Moto X camera apk and make it installable

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Just wondering: If the shutter is activated by touching the screen, I wonder how one is supposed to choose an area to focus (which had previously been done by touching the area on which wanted to focus on the screen). I guess we'll find out soon...

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Thank you, me too - and with the graphic of "up/down to zoom" how is that different than "hold for burst"?

This. If it doesn't, I'm flashing the Android 4.3 camera immediately. Which might decrease photo quality, so I'm hoping it does have photosphere.

HTC allows you to tap for focus AND shutter (it takes the photo as soon as it gets it in focus). I personally love that setting and it's the only thing I like about Sense more than stock. It would be great if that became a feature in the Google camera apps.

It is activated by touching the screen. So I guess it will have auto focus.

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have'nt this ported to Nexus4 till now... damn guys we are slow. ha ha just kidding. Camera looks refreshing. oh yes... that slo mo.

You guys sound like isheep. What's so confusing about swiping from the left side for options. Seems like that is how every 4.0+ android app handles these features now a days. Two anywhere on the screen to capture?! That sounds difficult... Swipe up and down to zoom... not sure I'll ever remember that. Wow!

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Yes! It sounds like a lot to remember and like there will be a lot of chances to accidentally activate something when trying to use the app normally. I will probably be able to figure it out but my mom and sister (my personal example of 'normal' users) would be completely lost and frustrated by this. It takes the touch interface/gesture thing a little too far and too much core function is not easily discoverable in the name of 'simplicity'. Kind of reminds me of windows 8 now that I think about it.

Of course I haven't tried it yet so I could be completely wrong. Just my first impression (and based on my assumption that this is an evolution of the current stock camera app which I use on my Gnex).

I love the slow motion feature on my HTC. While this camera looks cool, I like others am left scratching my head with some of the settings.

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Does zooming then work just as in Google maps? If so, it would be great, I think double tapping and zooming with just one finger is much better than pinching to zoom.

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-I assume hold to focus?
-I don't see a photosphere icon, it would make sense to be next to the panorama icon.
-I was hoping the GE apk would make it on Motorola, but this isn't bad. The main thing I don't like on my HD MAXX is how the settings slide out and cover part of the picture while taking.

Why did google get rid of the actual ZOOM buttons? I hate the pinch to zoom on Android 4.2. I've had to explain how to zoom to at least a few people because it's not intuitive and it's impossible to fo one-handed.

Drag up/down to zoom in/out will at least make single-handed zooming possible again.

Taking the shutter button out is going to lead to confusion as well.