Google Camera 4.3 adds a setting to disable shutter clicks and other sounds [Update: front-facing flash]


Update 2/22: This version also adds flash to the front-facing camera. With the flash icon now remaining in the top right corner, the black bottom bar that includes the shutter button changes into an illuminating beige (check the gallery below). A system toast notes ‘warm light on,’ with the UI remaining brightened until switched off.

A minor update rolling out to the Google Camera features a convenient new setting for Pixel and Nexus devices. Beginning with version 4.3, users can now disable various camera sounds throughout the app.

Under ‘General’ in Settings, there is a new ‘Camera sounds’ toggle that remains enabled by default. When disabled, there is no longer a sound when tapping the shutter button. Additionally, the timer no longer features countdown beeps.

This particular setting makes more sense in regards to disabling shutter sounds. The countdown timer, however, requires audible feedback as the phone’s screen is most likely turned away from users when the rear camera is in use.

Other tweaks this version include a new zoom bar at the bottom of the screen that numerically notes the zoom level. Weirdly, the bar only appears when pinching or zooming and not when using the volume buttons as zoom controls.

Additionally, exposure controls have been reworked to stay visible on the screen longer. When set to a value other than 0.0, this bar will remain until you take an image or refocus elsewhere.

Google Camera is only available for the Pixel, Android One, and other current Nexus devices. Google stopped supporting and updating the app on other OEM devices in late 2015.

Version 4.3 is rolling out now via the Play Store.

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