It’s no secret that we here at Pocketnow are big fans of hardware shutter buttons on our smartphones. While we’ll still go back and forth over the value of hardware home buttons, the shutter control’s a different story entirely, adding much appreciated functionality without taking up valuable phone-face space. But even when there’s no dedicated shutter button, OEMs have been know to provide work-arounds, using other hardware buttons (like the volume controls) as shutter stand-ins. Today Motorola is the latest manufacturer to join that crowd, releasing an update to its Motorola Camera app.
The update enables you to use the volume rocker on your Moto X, Moto G, or any recent model from the company with Motorola Camera support to trigger that shutter release. It also works with the volume buttons on headsets, letting you go hands-free to minimize any unintended shaking. Beyond that, the update also implements some bugfixes and gets the app ready for Android 4.4.2.
Ultimately, there’s no replacement for a dedicated shutter button – the ability to press halfway to lock focus before snapping a shot is a godsend – but until manufacturers really commit to such hardware, software hacks like this are a workable alternative.