Yesterday, we saw Google put the special Google Play editions of the Galaxy S 4 and HTC One up for sale, giving users a chance to pick the phones up running (mostly) stock Android. One oddity that quickly came to light was that these phones had a tweaked camera app, at least compared to what we were used to from Android 4.2.2 on devices like the Nexus 4. We had already spotted the software on a phone appearing to run Android 4.3, so it was a bit surprising to see it suddenly arrive independently like this. For now, the only official way to try out the new version is to pick up a Google Play edition phone, but the Android community being what it is, it hasn’t taken long for the app to get ripped and made available to you all.
Beyond just some changes to the app’s UI, there are some nice functional additions, like the ability to use volume controls as a hardware shutter switch.
If you intend to give this guy a spin, be aware that on Nexus phones it will apparently replace the existing app, along with the Gallery, while it will install alongside camera software on other devices.