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The CyanogenMod developers have been on a roll recently, unveiling plenty of new features and rolling out some more stable builds of the popular custom ROM. Well now there’s another new feature currently under review which has been developed by Nebojsa Cvetkovic, which gives users even quicker access to their smartphone camera.

The new feature appears as a simple tile on the quick settings panel, which can be accessed from the standard drop-down notification menu, allowing users to quickly take a picture from the notification menu without having to load up the main camera application. Here’s a quick video of the feature in action.

A quick tap on the tile with start up the camera, providing you with a small preview and auto focusing the shot, providing that your smartphone camera supports auto focus. Then it’s a simple case of tapping again to take your picture and again for any subsequent shots. When you’re done just swipe away the notification shade and the camera will automatically close.

Even better still, the quick shot still takes pictures at full resolution just like the regular app, so even though it’s a quick setting you won’t end up with low resolution shots.

Of course this isn’t really ideal for taking the perfect picture, but if you just need to quickly take a snap of something or simply can’t wait for the normal camera app to load, then this seems like a really useful new feature.

Robert Triggs
Lead Technical Writer at Android Authority, covering the latest trends in consumer electronics and hardware. In his spare moments, you'll probably find him tinkering with audio electronics and programming.