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Video: CyanogenMod’s New Quick Camera Feature is the Coolest ROM Feature in a Long Time


It happens to all of us: that time where you really want to take a quick picture, but by the time you have your camera app open the moment is gone. CyanogenMod developer Nebojsa Cvetkovic felt the same way, but instead of complaining he wanted to do something about it. CM was one of the first ROMs to implement the quick settings that we have all come to love in stock Jelly Bean, but this new feature currently under review makes those toggles even more useful. 

This new code adds a camera square in the quick toggle menu that you access when you pull down your notification bar. Open up your quick settings, click the camera button and you are greeted with a live-view of what the camera is seeing. Another click and viola, you have a picture. The photos are taken in full resolution from this mode and the camera closes itself when you close the notification menu, how awesome is that?

The feature is still currently being reviewed, but CM is definitely looking to implement this in their upcoming updates. Could this feature get you to switch from your current ROM?


Via: +CyanogenMod

  • Keg Man

    widget locker, its on my lock screen

  • Corey Foltman

    but i want it now…not in the next release…

  • anguy

    I use gmd gesture control for quick camera. Simply swipe up and left, that’s much quicker. The problem is camera app itself takes a while to load. Does anybody know an app or ROM, that allows you to keep camera app in cache permanently?

  • Just got a VZ GS4 today. Rooted and flashed Liquid Smooth. A nice AOSP like rom with tons of interface customizations built in. I opted to mimic the on-screen nav buttons as on my recently deceased GNex. (RIP). I’ve remapped the hardware buttons to perform other functions. The GS4’s stock Home clicker now serves as a dedicated camera app launcher and shutter button. I cannot begin to explain how gratifying it is to a)get rid of touchwiz and bs VZ bloat, b) finally have my first tactile camera button since the OG droid. God bless the dev community.

    • Santos

      how did you get the home button to be a dedicated shutter button? Im still using liquid smooth 2.1

      • Not sure what the menus/settings are in 2.1 as this is my first go-around with 2.7 but here’s how:

        Settings>Interface>Hardware Keys>

        From there you can enable Custom Actions, and set any of the 3 hardware buttons to do pretty much anything you want.

        • Santos

          I can get there… but I can’t make it the home button actually take a picture. maybe I should just get 2.7.

          • Yea, might be. Works fine for me. Just so you know, there are a couple bugs with 2.7 (though not all users reporting them). GPS might not work if you also have cell tower location enabled. Also, a strange notification bug that doesn’t acknowledge custom notification ringtones for separate apps and just uses the default. Hoping I can diagnose this soon, otherwise I love this rom.

  • realfoxm

    I thought most of us just swiped right on our lock screens.

  • Hunter Stephenson

    I’m not sure I understand. You must be actively using the phone, pull down the notification bar with 2 fingers (if you’re using a phone), and THEN press the “shortcut” to get to the camera? Not intuitive to me…

    • joejoe5709


  • C

    This is awesome; what a great feature. I can’t wait for this to hit cyanogenmod.

  • mrjayviper

    how is this different from me having a camera shortcut on my homescreen? looking at the written instructions above, it seems there’s more steps involved as I need to pull down the quick settings, click on the camera “toggle” and still press “ok” to take the shot.


  • sk3litor

    Kinda neat but I think sidebar or “swipe” app would be a little quicker

  • Leeroy Waddermelon

    Heh, I remember when the gnex camera app used to open super fast from the lock screen.

    • Larizard

      Sad but true. Somewhere in there in Jelly Bean, Goog managed to slow the crap out of the Camera.

  • John Burke

    Cool but not switching ROMs for it.
    Already have quick access to the Camera via:
    -WidgetLocker’s right bezel if I’m on my Lockscreen
    -Pinch-in gesture in Nova Launcher if I’m on my Homescreens
    -Glovebox docks Apps on the left side of my screen in any App for when I’m neither on my Lockscreen nor Homescreens

  • Tim242

    I just use a Nova gesture to access my camera (2 finger swipe up)

    • braves

      how can you do this when you are inside another app like browser or email without going to home screen first?

      • Tim242

        It’s quicker to hit the home button and swipe up, than this maneuver.

  • Intellectua1

    Problem is I always run full screen mode. meaning I can access my quick settings.. I’m sure I can make a halo for quick access

    • joejoe5709

      Like I said below, why not something similar in the power menu?

  • AndrewScottRox

    I’d just use to to pretend people are trapped in my settings. THE PHANTOM ZONE.

  • Michael Nichols

    this with pa’s halo is a def keeper!!!

  • NoneOfYourBizzness

    that’s definitely nice bc of the speed.

  • Chris

    I’d rather see CM integrate Halo.

  • Brandon Golway

    Definitely could have made use of this last night!

  • jnt

    Cool feature, but if Samsung implemented this in the S4 it would be called gimmicky. 🙂 Impressive from a ROM standpoint, but I see very few instances where this would save that much time (mainly in-app I guess?), unless it reduces the time it takes for the camera app to actually open, which I’m guess it can’t do that.

  • Ryan B

    I like this because of the advantage of being inside an app you don’t want to close.

  • moelsen8

    wow that’s nice.

  • joejoe5709

    Very cool! I don’t use the quick settings much due to the power widget. If they could shrink this down to fit in the notification power widget, it would be more useful to me. As it stands, I use the lockscreen slide to camera for those quick moments. It’s not super speedy, but it’s speedy enough. I’ve heard of people using the nav ring, but I like PIE controls.

    Great idea, CM! Thanks!

    • joejoe5709

      Something in the expanded power menu might not be a bad idea. You could access that from anywhere – even in a game.

  • Michael Pahl

    wait… this is cooler then Privacy Guard feature they are releasing into nightlies tonight?
    No imho

  • Quick, everyone who doesn’t like it complain (about completely free software that no one is forcing you to use)!

    • Sirx

      Rabble rabble rabble *grabs pitchfork*

    • Trevor

      This seems too useful. I don’t like it.

    • PhoenixPath

      “Could this feature get you to switch from your current ROM?”

      I really hope you don’t consider answering this question with a negative and then explaining why you think it may be a bad idea is…complaining.

      Of course, since that’s about all I see here aside from the positives, I’m left assuming any negative is a complaint according to you…please tell me I am wrong?

      • I’m just joking around. You’re taking me too seriously.

        • PhoenixPath

          Good to know. Couldn’t see the sarcasm; the rose-tinted glasses seem to be on the fritz today…

  • Shaftway

    Couldn’t this just be an app in the notification bar?

  • MichaelFranz

    just like PA’s Halo, this will be kanged and ported. very neat though

  • Illinipoke

    Quickshot doesn’t give you a preview screen, but instantly takes a pic as soon as you hit the short cut. No need for opening notifications, double tapping, etc. Just touch the icon.

  • valapsp

    Not open source?

    • valapsp

      I don’t understand those thumb downs really. I was thinking of implementing this to non-cyanogenmod ROMs like PA.

  • sc0rch3d

    how is this better from camera shortcut on the lockscreen or homescreen? if it were my choice….when phone screen is off and locked….volume up to activate camera app….volume down to snap a photo.

    I heard a web developer give a presentation his preference to websites. Excluding the authentication step, you should perform no more than 3 clicks to get what you want.

    • Ryan

      I’d rather see a long hold on the power button to enable the camera, and take a picture at the same time. Not only does this reduce a step in the process, but also utilizes a button that isn’t used while the phone is off. Up/down adjusts my volume when locked, and a long hold up/down switches music to the next/previous track when locked.

      I could only see this ROM feature being helpful when inside of another app and need to use the camera right away. Otherwise I’ll swipe left on the lock screen to get my camera up.

      • Andrew Jiang

        Long-holding the power button to do various functions has been brought up in the past, but has always died due to the fact that a lot of phones out there are designed to do a force reboot upon long-pressing the power button.

  • DroidzFX

    I use the double tap home screen gesture but at least they are still thinking of new features. I am sure someone will enjoy this.

  • havrin

    I use the nav ring in AOKP to bring up the camera on mine. A quick flick up from the navbar and my camera opens up. To me, that seems faster then scrolling the notification bar open and then clicking on the toggle for the camera….unless I’m misunderstanding what the cyanogen mod for this is. Not knocking cyanogen, btw. It’s an awesome rom.

  • Edward Smith

    meh…why not just slide to the right from the jelly bean lockscreen? I only see this feature being good if you are actually using the device and need to take a picture, but for me most times i need to take a picture is when I have it put away. But I can see its usefullness, but I would rather see a pop up window….but wait PA already has that and if you add camera to HALO all you need to do is swipe to open the camera. At this point there are so many options its just preference.

    • Jeremy Sheehan

      Perhaps you don’t have your phone locked and in your pocket to “slide to the right”? Dunno. Seems like a nifty feature to me. Personally, I wouldn’t use it much, but my wife would be all about this.

      • Tim242

        Nova gestures FTW!

    • Xious

      I’m still on a GN and swiping to the right and opening the camera app still takes longer than I’d like. If this turns the camera on without having to load up an app, I would be all about it. Sometimes taking pictures is all about speed.

      • Kit Tihonovich

        It’s all about loading up the camera itself. Take the torch, for example…
        Tap that. Notice the lag? It’s extremely noticeable on the GNex in comparison to newer phones, but that’s the fastest you’ll have.

        (A torch toggle actually loads up an invisible camera layer of one pixel and then tells the camera to turn on)

        • Xious

          I don’t know if that’s what the issue is. I know that on my DroidX, the torch toggle worked immediately. Ever since the day the GN came out, it has always had a lag with torch.

          • Andrew Jiang

            Depends on the phone. Some phones have a sysfs interface for the flash, which would allow it to turn on much faster. Others (Such as the GNex, N4) don’t, which means they have to use the camera interface to get torch to come up, which would be slower.

    • Josh Shaw

      Wait… “If you’re actually using the device” Isn’t that what you’re supposed to do most often?

  • Defenestratus

    How is this useful?

  • Daryel Villavicencio

    3…2…1… until it’s kanged into every other custom ROM out there. I love open-source!

    • MichaelFranz

      Same thing i said, just like PA’s Halo is starting to pop up in many of the AOSP based roms. Good time to be int he rom game right now.

    • James_C_L

      Still don’t think this is faster than lmt/toggle camera

      • Kokomo

        What rom are you running that give you pie controls like that?

        • James_C_L

          Rom is jellybeans but I’m running the lmt launcher from xda.

        • Mark Mann

          there are several that have pie controls like that baked in…i ran slimbean on my razr hd that did that…also pacman rom as well…both are available on a wide variety of devices

  • Shane Redman

    hmmmmmm…much better than my double-tap on homes creen gesture.