Google releases stock Camera app in the Play Store


Google has released more than a few stock Android apps into the Play Store, but the Camera app wasn’t one of them. Good news folks!! They just released today. It’s essentially the same Camera app found on Nexus devices, so that means you can get the stock Android camera experience with any device. Plus, you get Photo Sphere too. With this release, they did add one update, which is a lens blur effect.

Unfortunately this app is only for those running Android 4.4 KitKat or higher. We’re not sure if it will open up to users Jelly Bean and below, but we certainly hope so.

Hit the break for the full features list, screenshots, and download links.


  • Photo Spheres for immersive 360º views
  • Lens Blur mode for SLR-like photos with shallow depth of field
  • Panorama mode with high resolution
  • 100% viewfinder for getting the maximum resolution from the sensor (no dropped pixels)
  • Updated UI that gets out of your way and is centered on an extra large capture button
  • Works on phones and tablets running Android 4.4+ KitKat

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Play Store Download Link

About the Author: Robert Nazarian

Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.

  • 84guy

    Not many settings. I liked it till I found I couldn’t choose to save to SD card. Why all the hate for SD google??

    • A. J.

      Seriously. My phone has 8 GB internal storage with a 16 GB SD card. I get why installing things like apps could be problematic with external storage. Buy why don’t Google Camera and Google Play Music let you save multimedia to an SD card? That is what they are there for.

      • Nicholas

        I agree. If you’re rooted, you can install Xposed and grab a module called Pictures2SD. It know it works for Focal, the stock Camera, and Google Camera. I’m sure it works for others as well.

  • gopadge

    The settings selections stink. My poor wife is going to blow a gasket when she sees that she can’t adjust the colors for her Galaxy Nexus… I guess I’ll move her to another camera app….

  • Dan Caporello

    Still no photosphere on my Moto g :(

  • Great news

  • Ismaeel somo

    Not available in Bahrain!!! Why?