Google Camera’s trigger button is now a voice command

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Tapping a screen too energy sapping for you? Google Camera’s latest update adds the ability to snap pictures using a simple voice command.

The feature, which was first available on the Google Pixel and Pixel XL running Android Nougat 7.1, has now extended its compatibility with any device running the OS.

That means practically any device running Android Nougat 7.1 can use the new Google Camera app.

Snapping a picture using Google Camera can be done using a simple five-word phrase

Google Camera’s voice snap feature, although seemingly over-complicated, actually simplifies the action of taking a photo in some cases.

The activation command, “Okay Google, take a photo”, plugs into the common lingo used by Google’s other smartphone and AI commands. Additionally — and its real party trick — is its ability to snap an image even when the app isn’t activated.

Camera’s voice command perhaps works best if you’re planning a group timed selfie, sitting on a mobile tripod. Or, you know, if you’re utterly lazy.

If you’re running Android Nougat 7.1, you can grab the file here.

Andy Walker


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