Google is introducing a new Camera Go app for its Android Go range of entry-level devices. Android Go originally debuted two years ago as a more stripped-down version of Android designed to run on inexpensive low-end devices, and it’s now running on 100 million active devices. Google created Go versions of Gmail, YouTube, and other key services, but a better camera app was always missing.
The new Camera Go app has a simple and clutter-free interface, as it’s designed to work for people using a smartphone for the first time. Google is also staying true to its original vision of Android Go by allowing users to not worry about storage with Camera Go. The app will track how many photos or video storage space is left and suggest ways to clear space.
Android (Go edition) — as its officially referred to — now has over 100 million monthly active users. According to Google, one common request from users around the world has been for a “better camera” experience.
Camera Go is “deeply integrated into the phone’s camera module and is not just photo filtering on top.” It starts with a UI that has the same modes carousel to switch between Photo, Video, “Translate,” and Portrait as the app found on Pixel phones.
A shutter button, flanked by the switcher and gallery, is just above. Top row controls include settings and flash, as well as a count of how many photos/videos you can take with your remaining device storage.
Google is particularly proud of bringing Portrait Mode to devices that cost as low as $50, saying it’s a “first in this class of devices” and “democratizes photography for the entry-level.”
The app is first launching on the €95 ($101~) Nokia 1.3 with its 8-megapixel rear camera. Other specs include a 5.71-inch HD+ notched display and Snapdragon 250 with availability slated for next month.
Meanwhile, Google revealed that its translation application, Google Translate, will now able to transcribe foreign language spoken in real-time. The feature is currently rolling out for Android users around the world.
The company says that the transcribe feature will be rolling out in the next few days with support for any combination of the following eight languages including English, French, German, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Thai.