There’s less than a week left to go before Motorola officially announces their flagship Moto X, and we’ve known pretty much everything about it thanks to numerous leaks and rumors and the like. A few features of the device’s camera were revealed in a leaked video earlier, and now the camera app from the Moto X is itself available for download, thanks to the folks over at Android Police.
The Moto X camera app sports a minimal UI similar to Google’s stock Android camera app. You can take a picture by tapping anywhere on the screen, and tap and hold to take multiple photos, with a number of screen counting the shots you’ve taken. A swipe from the left brings in a circular settings menu, and a swipe in from the right takes you to the gallery. Zooming in on a scene is as simple as swiping up and down on the screen, and everything seems to work effortlessly.
However, some of the features such as launching the camera app from anywhere with a few shakes of the device and slow motion video are currently not functional on non-Motorola hardware. HDR and panorama mode don’t work either, but all the basics such as photo taking, flash modes, geotagging, etc. work fine, so nothing should be stopping you from giving it a go on your device.
The camera will install as a separate camera app on your device (Android 4.1 and above are required), unless you’re on a Motorola device, in which case you will have to freeze your default camera app using something like Titanium Backup. The link to the APK is right below, so go ahead, give it a shot, and find a guide for how to install the APK right after the links (if you aren’t aware with manual app installation on Android).
- Download the APK file using the download link above. If you are using a download manager, the file may have downloaded as a zip file. In that case, rename it to .APK from .zip after downloading.
- Transfer the APK to your device.
- You’ll need a file manager to access your storage and the APK files. ES File Explorer is a good free option.
- Enable manual installation of apps by checking the Unknown sources option in Settings » Security on your device. On Android 2.3 and below, this can be found in Settings » Applications.
- Open the file manager, browse to where you copied the APK.
- Tap on the file to start installation, keep clicking Next and then Install to install the app.
- That’s it, you now have the Moto X camera app installed on your device.