Google quietly releases volume capture with Android 4.3
Lauren Crabbe | Published: Aug 27, 2013 at 16:12:35 UTC3
When Google released the latest version of its Android operating system last month, it made no mention of updates to its camera app.
Now, as Android users are downloading the new software and exploring its functions, at least one new feature is emerging as a surprise.
Over at the blog Android Pit, writer Loie Favre was thrilled to find out that Google quietly included a camera feature that iOS has had for quite some time: with Android 4.3, users can capture a photo by pressing the volume button.
All users of "stock Android" devices can already download Android 4.3. So if you are using a Nexus smartphone or a Google Play edition Galaxy S4 or HTC One, you should have already received a notification to download Android 4.3.
If you have a different flavor of Jelly Bean — designed by either your device's manufacturer, cellular provider or sometimes both — you are going to have to wait a bit longer to get the update notification.
Impatient Android early adaptors can always manually check for operating system improvements in Settings->About->System Updates.