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Moto X Camera UI Leaks, Shows Gesture-based Navigation Tricks

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The Moto X is still a full week away from its official unveiling, but as is typical these days with almost any device, we are starting to know it better than its manufacturer would probably like us to (including the specs). In the latest leak, we get a tutorial view of the camera UI, which takes a minimal approach while still packing in functionality thanks to gestures. We’re expecting the camera sensor to weigh in at 10MP.  

As you can see from the image above, a swipe from the left side of the camera UI will jump you into a Settings menu, while a swipe from the right will take you into the gallery. The gallery swipe is similar to what you see with stock Android, but the settings menu tucked to the left are new.

Once into the settings menu, you get what appears to be a wheel of options, that we would assume would be chosen with a flick to scroll and a tap to select. From these images alone, you can see HDR, slow motion video, panorama, and location options.

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You’ll notice that the twist-to-open camera feature is there as well, which was first seen a week ago in a leaked Rogers video. The option can be turned on or off, but should give you the quickest method of launching your camera, since it can be done with both the screen off or on.

The last things we are seeing involve taking pictures. To zoom in and out, you can drag a finger up or down on the display. To snap, all you have to do is tap anywhere. If you’d like to take multiple photos, simply hold your finger on the screen for a few seconds.

And that’s the camera! Looks simple, yet refreshing and useful. Cross your fingers that it can actually take decent pictures.

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Remember to stick with us all day on August 1 for the device’s unveiling.

And here is the Rogers video one more time:


Via:  Android Police

Cheers Roderick and Scott!

  • duke69111

    I hope it accepts the same size of battery as the Droid Ultra/Max, that way I can slap one in this sucker with a slightly thicker back place, if I decided to buy one.

  • Dannn

    Good. Now leak the apk please.

  • Shane Redman

    Photosphere or no

  • Xious

    So I don’t see how to manually focus. Before, it was just a touch of the screen where you wanted it focused. How do you do it now? A tap is to take a picture and a tap and hold is multiple pictures. Are they assuming the camera will know exactly where you want to be focused at all times?

  • crapple

    Any chance this might be released as a Google play edition also?

    • aDROIDfreeworld

      these devices are essentially presenting the future of Android software improvements. Moto I have heard is being used as a test market for new features that might be introduced to AOSP.

  • Weber

    Is the picture on the right focusing in on Mars?

  • C-Law

    Other than the processor, there’d really be no reason to buy this phone to replace my s3 running cm10.1 right? Moto X is smaller but still only 720p. Guess I’ll be waiting for that fancier X phone around Christmas

  • jscofi

    Can you guys please revisit what type of update cycle we expect to receive from google? (update cycle in terms of android 4.3, 5.0 etc, and how fast we expect to receive them)

  • jnt

    All the gimmicks or functions in the world can’t make it take better pictures… C’mon Moto, give us a good sensor / software combo for a change!

    • chris420o

      i belive they are

      • jnt

        That’s what I’m hoping as well.

  • Jackson

    What I am hoping for is the ui/performance enhancements to be ported to the Nexus 4 which will has probably 25% more battery life at least and a smooth more defined feel to it.
    Along with bringing new life to it somewhat.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    I think that should be a stock camera app. The swipe to settings would go the rest of the GApps

  • Gdub

    Anyone interested in checking out the “twist / flick to open” the camera app function, it’s not new, been buried in Google’s under appreciated Gesture Search app since probably Gingerbread…on the Market,.. Cool, but not super useful for Gesture Search app

    • guesswhat123

      But does these apps do it when phone is off and in sleep mode? Don’t think so that will need to hold wake lock and keeping CPU and sensors up always, so your battery will plummet if you enable and use these apps. The beauty of this feature on moto x is you can do this phone is off too without draining battery too much ..moto is using special low power sensors to be able to do this

  • Christian

    Seeing a custom manufacturer “skin” that uses stock Android Holo design is amazing and refreshing. #holoyolo

  • Adam Truelove

    So this thing definitely isn’t stock AOSP. Pass. Ugh, Google, you own Motorola now. Just make some kickass hardware running stock and I’ll be happy. Now I’m still stuck with no true Android phone on Verizon.

    • Justin W

      They are operating it separately. They aren’t modding the crap out of AOSP, but are adding useful features (not skins) to differentiate itself from Samsung, HTC, etc.

    • Justtyn Hutcheson

      Personally, I think AOSP is a bit too plain for my tastes. I don’t like needing to use an app to add simple useful functionality like sorting in the app drawer, and let’s face it the AOSP camera app is its worst feature by far. The functions added to 4.1 on the OG Razr are tasteful and generally useful, and are well integrated where I truly miss them when running AOSP/AOKP/CM ROMs.

    • chris420o

      hold on while i call you a waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaambulance

  • Bionic

    $300 OFF CONTRACT built by white people?

    Seems legit……….

    • Jonathan Williams


    • chris420o

      not sure how this got downvoted….lol well played bionic

  • Bionic

    I’m gonna post this again in case anyone missed it.

    News from sarge.

    Moto X on Verizon will be unlocked. Shocking I know. He warned that they can still change their mind.

    Moto X will be $300 OFF CONTRACT. Price rises with customized back plates.

    On contract price of $99

    So now we know why the phone is appealing.

    • mustbepbs

      Just shut up.

      • dtraini30

        Cmon dude just let him talk lol. Did he hurt your feelings?

        • mustbepbs

          That’s the problem: he doesn’t stop talking. He just spouts crap in every article multiple times.

          • dtraini30

            I think it is fun. It is just like every other tech blog that spits out rumors. We just get spoiled with rumors that are exclusive to the Droid Life comment threads 😉

          • Justin W

            So don’t look at it?

          • mustbepbs

            Kind of hard not to when he spams most articles with false rumors.

          • Steve Benson

            Live long and prosper.

          • Bionic

            Show some Vulcan discipline and get over it.

          • EresUnPendejo

            Get a life and quit riding Sarge’s di*k. At first it was cool but now you’ve gotten way too annoying.

          • LiterofCola

            Even in articles that have nothing to do with what he’s talking about.

          • EC8CH

            At times it is a bit much, but it’s hard to deny that the specs have ended up pretty much where he has said they would.

      • Bionic

        No you

      • Bionic

        Go mind meld with someone

    • they call me Rob

      Assuming this is legit, that’s a nice price but I’d gladly pay another $100 for an SD slot or a 32 gig version – 16 gig seems ridiculously cheap these days. My GNex is on death’s door, it’s either this or a GS4 in my very near future.

    • me

      Kind of like when “Sarge” said it would have crazy specs… Crazy is right, last years crazy specs…

      • dtraini30

        OH MY GOD. Please just get over the specs. Motorola never said that they are making a phone just for the people who follow tons of tech blogs and have to have the latest and greatest hardware. You haven’t even held the damn thing in your hand. I would rather have software optimization out the ass than a “powerful” phone that stutters (Galaxy S4). Don’t knock it ’til you try it.

        • I hear you. My GS4 is fast and buttery smooth now, but it took hours of trial and error with custom ROM kernel and settings. MotoX means its fresh and smooth right out the damn box! 🙂

          • dtraini30

            I know, which why I am very excited to get this!

        • TheRobotCow

          Again look at the iPhone. The specs are nothing to be amazed at but damn, its very smooth and optimized. If the Moto X can mimic this then we have a winner.

          • Ezzy

            With this you mean get rid of every feature and extra setting and force all users into one mode of doing things, the Apple way. This is exactly what Android is NOT, and thank god it isn’t.

          • Justtyn Hutcheson

            Not really, it means that the software has all of the fluff that makes it work on other hardware taken out and the code has been pared down and trimmed and reworked to be more efficient. You still have all the Android awesome with all of the Apple smooth. If that isn’t the best of everything, I don’t know what is.

          • drewfus0929

            I don’t understand when people say this, but the gpu on the iPhone (and ipad) has always blown away the competition. We are still waiting on an android phone, a year later, that has as powerful a gpu. It’s is a large portion of why it is so smooth.

        • LiterofCola


      • NexusPhan69

        No. I’ve seen a few times where it was rumored to be $299 for 16GB, $349 for 32GB. I think he’s correct on this one.

    • Qbancelli
      • Bionic

        Yes, we do

    • kali bred

      There’s that safety net again “they can still change there mind” lol humorous and annoying at the same time

    • maxx1987

      if that’s true, it shall be mine.

    • TheRobotCow

      If anyone gets this phone on verizon’s edge plan it comes out to ONLY about $13/month! Or $25/month on their standard device payment plan

      • Steve Benson

        Don’t get suckered into this crap. Buy the phone on your own.

        • TheRobotCow

          I’m just putting it out there for the people who want to do it.
          I still think its a good idea. Built in subsidy charge blah blah blah. I wouldn’t mind doing it, it’s only an extra $13-25/month which is nothing. I don’t see what the big fuss is about honestly. We all know that Verizon isn’t real big on being offering discounts like T-mobile.

          • Steve Benson

            It’s the principle. Don’t let Verizon pull this crap.

            Buy your phone outright. Put it on a credit card if you must. It’s only $299. Verizon is just finding a different way to screw their customers and it’s not right.

          • TheRobotCow

            As far as I know, Verizon’s original device payment plan(which split the phones price into 12 installments and included a $2 fee) didn’t cause much commotion as their edge plan (which spreads the phones price over 24 months and doesn’t include the $2 fee).

            For short term customers I agree it’s bad, but for long term i think it’s good. I’ve been seeing this from my view since i’m sticking wither Verizon.

    • jscofi

      (after the phone is announced on verizon) “guys, VZW changed their mind last minute. i told you that was a possibility” – Bionic
      (but i sure hope you are correct)

    • kixofmyg0t

      You know I only fight you when you’re wrong.

      i have no reason to dispute this info though. I heard near the same thing.

    • Steve Benson

      This isn’t a shock. With outdated internals (from our perspective) they couldn’t possibly expect this to sell for S4 or One prices. $299 off contract is perfect and they’ll sell a shiz ton of these.

      And that’s $299 for the 16gb version. The 32gb version will be $349 off contract.

    • Keith Sumner

      Customizable back plates are exclusive to AT&T, you heard it from me first, mark my words. I was the one who leaked the info to Kellex.

  • Greyhame

    Looking like a polished experience. God I hope this things is reasonably priced and takes solid pictures!

  • Russell Sprague

    So photosphere?

  • JB

    Can we assume there’s no way to manually focus?

    • Justin W

      I’m wondering if there isn’t a gesture to use to focus. For some reason, I thought of circling the target of the picture might be a good way to focus on it.

      • I think they’ll still have manual focus in some form, but it doesn’t get simpler or more intuitive than a simple tap.

    • Really wondering this myself. Because I tap-to-focus constantly when taking photos.

      • dtraini30

        Maybe it is this? Could be an option for “pros” and having it off for the “general” consumer.

        • Justtyn Hutcheson

          Maybe a focus mode setting. Looking at the interface, they have a space between the persistent icons where an optional shutter button could be placed when tap-to-focus is needed and hidden in other modes.

          Only place necessary information on the screen, get rid of everything else.

      • chris420o

        2 finger gesture to focus?…just guessing

  • Radgatt

    Looks good. Any chance this ui for the camera makes it to the droid line of phones?

    • Yeah, we may very well see it tomorrow. Actually, seems like it would be a surprise if we didn’t see it tomorrow.

      • Radgatt

        If that’s the case it could make the choice a little more interesting although the Moto X still looks like a great overall device.

        • I’d imagine that the new DROIDs will come in at the standard $199 pricing for top tier, and the Moto X will differentiate by being super affordable. But the UIs and software enhancements can’t be all that different. At least that wouldn’t make any sense since the phones are coming from the same company. A little surprised Motorola didn’t announce the Moto X before Verizon could do the DROIDs.

          • Justin W

            Especially if they’ll run generally the same subset of features, then the only thing the X has going for it (on Vzw anyway) is price.

  • Colin Huber

    Can’t wait until somebody shakes that thing to get to the camera and either A) spikes their phone into concrete, or B) gets mistakened for making a public sexual gesture.

  • YOU

    Probably Andy Rubin leakin these…

    • tyguy829

      I wonder if Tato is still in bed with him since he is no longer the android guy?

  • richcricketz

    I bought a mainstream Android phone so I could get these awesome features on my phone through side load. get to work developers, my GS4 is getting boring 🙂 Take my Money!!!

  • richcricketz

    Looks like they spent time polishing a few awesome features instead of Samsung just throwing a ton of random features at the wall and seeing what sticks.

    • You actually hit the nail on the head. Did a Sammy focus group recently and the moderators hinted that this was exactly their strategy. They’re going to scale back the gimmicks and focus on polishing the “features” people genuinely like and use.

      • That’s actually amazing to hear. The Samsung camera app is just too damn much. Most people shoot in Auto all the time, they don’t have time for a setting for every event in their life.

        • While I agree with you, everyone in a GS4 AOSP ROM forum on XDA says they love the vanilla but wish they could get the stock Samsung camera app back. (Did I use enough acronyms?)

          • I could see that side of it too. Speaking from my personal experience, I always wonder who uses all of those special settings. Maybe I just live a boring life that only requires Auto heh.

          • michael arazan

            Most people just apply camera apps to clean up the images, or modify them is some way, I have never used a GS4 but just from all the camera software it could be more complicated than regular people would want to deal with

        • richcricketz

          I just took a trip up to San-Fran and Portland and took a ton of GIF pic’s with the samsung camera. Friends loved it and was a huge hit, This is a mandatory camera feature for me.

          • MasterEthan

            When I take multiple shots in a row Google Plus creates nice gifs for me so I don’t have to worry about turning a GIF feature on or off.

          • richcricketz

            The Samsung camera app is much more smooth. and you can also customize what parts of the GIF you want mobile and which parts you want still.

          • Ezzy

            Cinemagraphs and animated gifs are two different things.

        • Ezzy

          Then why don’t they just shoot in auto and let those who want the extra settings, use them? Why make a fuss about something being there for someone else? These people sound like Apple users to me.

        • Jroc869, Nexus-Life

          voice activated setting would be nice. I hate fumbling through settings but if I could just say burst shot or auto and have the camera app change setting that would be sweet.

        • Trueblue711

          Actually, the Samsung camera app is one of my favorite things about my GS3 and why I keep TouchWiz on it. The different settings allow me to take stunning photos that people can’t believe came from my phone. The extensive controls make it feel like a digital camera.

          If you don’t like them, stick to Auto, but don’t remove them!

    • n900mixalot

      Right because shaking your camera to take a picture more of a feature than waving your hand to scroll.

    • jose

      Come on Moto here’s your chance to win me back! Hoping it’s more than just “neat features” and their post-processing software actually results in a good quality photo. Waiting for real world results before I make the decision.

  • Butters619

    Finally Motorola spent some time to fix up their camera experience. Hopefully that sensor is also world’s better than Moto past.