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Google Camera Update Brings Remote Shutter Function to Android Wear Devices

A recent update to the official Google Camera app has brought new functionality to the Android Wear platform, which means your smartwatch can now act as a remote shutter button for your smartphone.

While your smartwatch won’t act as a remote viewfinder (which would be sort of awesome), you can tap on your watch to take a picture, see a countdown, and can then preview the image on the watch. 

Beyond a shutter button, not much else is included, but to see more functionality and integration between Android and Android Wear is pretty exciting.

You can grab the update through Google Play, but if for some odd reason it’s not available to you, you can grab the apk file from the download link below, then sideload as you would any other apk on your Android phone.

Play Link | Download Link

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  • Just made a simple app to remote trigger *and* view the camera. Check it out:

  • eserve70

    OK this makes absolutely no sense whatsoever man.


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  • Cody Revels

    While I really like the idea of Android Wear and will prolli replace my Walmart watch with a moto 360, I dont see a single useful application for this feature.

    • Cory S

      I’m stretching here…but on a dedicated android camera like with one of Samsungs you could use with a tripod. I guess you could use a tripod with a phone…but you’d look like an idiot.

  • Taylor Abrahamson

    Very cool. There have been lots of times where I’ve propped my phone against something and had to set a timer. I’m guessing that if you even open the camera app, the shutter button will automatically appear on your watch. Perfect, Click camera, prop phone up walk away, take picture. No fiddle with any settings! Love the idea, if you can’t find a use for it, then just don’t use it!

    Can’t wait for moto 360!

  • dannyWHITE

    Don’t see a point to this….somebody help me understand

    • JSo

      So people can take selfies without having to hold their phone? I don’t know.

    • Suicide_Note

      I can only surmise it’s for that miniscule niche of people who put their phone on a tripod to take pictures. Aside from that, I can’t think of a way this would be useful to anyone else. Holding a phone one handed makes for a much more shaky shot than holding it with two hands.

      • dannyWHITE

        Didn’t think so

        • JSo

          Sometimes Google is kind of random with features. lol

    • Joel Vasallo

      So let’s say you have a giant group picture, you all try to squeeze in while one person holds the camera out. With this, you can put your camera down and all comfortably set into place 🙂

      • JSo

        Yeah, if you can find a place to set your camera at the right hight and angle.

        • fonseca898

          Mini tripods for phones are just a few bucks and very compact.

  • JSo

    I’ll probably never own Android wear. 🙁

    • Not with that attitude you won’t.

      • JSo

        Lol. As much as I want it, I just couldn’t justify spending that much for notifications on my wrist. Maybe I’m just poor.

        • Shane Redman

          Look at the price of a good watch…..then look at these prices…..not that far off if at all

          • JSo

            Yeah, but I don’t wear watches. The only reason I want Android wear is because its techy and a convenient companion for my phone.

          • Shane Redman

            I don’t think many ppl wear watches anymore for that reason. Our phones have replaced the once need. When phones started becoming more easily accessible, people stopped wearing watches because it became the norm for people to have phones out of pocket and on desks. That turned the watch into a fashion piece more that a necessary accessory. With this new platform, you’re getting the best of both worlds, though having your phone on your desk is still the norm, you won’t look as rude glancing at what those around you would think is a regular watch.

          • Cory S

            I am sometimes curious where people live, or what type of social circles they are in when I see this comment. it is rare to not see a man wearing a wristwatch for me.

          • Shane Redman

            I live in DC, am 27, and I own a few wristwatches. But it’s rare that I see anyone check anything other than their phone for the time.

          • Cory S

            Seems odd someone wearing a watch would take their phone out of their pocket and power it on rather than just glance at their wrist. For me it’s so second nature that when I forget to wear it I find myself glancing at my wrist all day long forgetting I don’t have it on.

          • Charlie R.

            A comparison that is irrelevant and needs to stop being used.

          • Shane Redman

            why? *curious* Because they don’t have gears?

          • Cory S

            For me it is irrelevant because wristwatches don’t become obsolete, and a good one will last a decade to a couple of lifetimes. A smartwatch will last a year, perhaps two, then it will be thrown away.

          • Shane Redman

            Valid point, but it also depends on how well you take care of it. God forbid I ever need to, but I could always go back to my OG Droid as a backup phone for a while (cuz I’d never boot up that galaxy nexus again)

          • Cory S

            Doesn’t really matter how well you take care of it. The clock is ticking so to speak. The battery will wear down, the screen will burn in/fade over time, the nand storage will wear down. The point is it is a long term disposable item. A wristwatch however is not.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    M8 is so damn sexy. Hmmm…. But no… I’m going with the G3….maybe

  • Pablo The Perv

    This will help me keep the upskirt pics on the down low.

  • Danmheadache

    Even though most people are waiting for moto 360, a lot of people already own android wear..
    I actually ordered G Watch yesterday through the ATT promo.. 191$ for the g watch and two cases..

    • Charlie R.

      That they do. 2 quality devices already on the market.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      I’m waiting for them to hit stores so I can check them out in person then I’ll see….

  • Charlie R.

    My Sony Smartwatch 1 (2 years old) has remote viewfinder functionality. There’s no reason it can’t be added here.

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  • Nelly547

    One more reason I will be buying the Moto 360 as soon as it is available.

    • Dumb

      Enjoy spending $400+ on an accessory that will be a big bust anyway. These 360 comments are getting so old.

      • Matthew DiGiacomo

        Fitting, your username describes your comment.

      • OMG, you have confirmation that it will cost that much? Show me source! Show me! Now!

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          • But therein lies the difference. 🙂

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