Enjoying the ICS Camera on a non-ICS phone
Whether you’ve given in to the Ice Cream Sandwich craze, or you’ve been trying to resist it, you can’t deny the temptation. When Ice Cream Sandwich arrived on phones, it brought more with it than just a sleek new look.
It also packed a stock camera app that was equipped with a user-friendly interface and functions that got everyone crazy over their cameras. With built-in file sharing options, zero shutter lag, tap-to-focus, integrated support for 180 degree panoramic shots, and face detection to name a few, shutterbugs loved their phones more than ever.
Thanks to Moblynx, even users of Froyo and Gingerbread will get to experience what shooting pictures on Ice Cream Sandwich is like. Say hello to Camera ICS, a port of the stock camera app on Ice Cream Sandwich devices.
Camera ICS practically replicates the stock app’s look and carries over many of its features for non-ICS devices. You get access to camera features such as multiple color effects, picture quality settings, custom focus and the ability to grab panoramic shots.
Need to snap a candid shot? You now have access to silent mode which turns off the shutter sound. You can even select video bitrate and toggle video stabilization for some versions of Android.
Can’t wait to get home to share your newest shot? Tap on the thumbnail of your photo and you’ll be able to preview and share it through a compatible app.
Camera ICS has even included support for Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets which allows them to capture time-lapse videos.
If your device sports a front facing camera, you’ll now find it easier than ever to switch to rear-facing cameras. Adjust zoom levels using a slide and launch the app’s extended settings menus that carry options like scene mode.
At the time of this writing, Camera ICS versions for Froyo or Gingerbead are missing a few features such as tap-to-focus, face detection and zero shutter lag. Hopefully, these little glitches, together with some reported compatibility issues with some phone models, will be smoothed over in future versions. Despite these snags, the app looks good as a handy alternative to stock camera apps and should inspire users to unleash their inner photographer.
If that’s got your mouth watering, you can get the ad-supported Camera ICS app free on the Google Play Store. If you would like to support the developer, as well as remove the ads, you can also purchase Camera ICS+ on the Google Play Store.