Moto X

Purported Moto X press image | Image credit @evleaks

The crew over at Android Police have some cool news for us, as they’ve got some exclusive shots of the Moto X camera UI.

As we can see, the new interface is pretty minimal, and relies on gestures more than dedicated software buttons. A swipe from the right will bring up your gallery (Android 4.2 users are familiar with that), and a swipe from the left brings up your settings. This is a touch different than the current stock Android camera settings menu, which shows up anywhere on the screen you touch while the camera is open.

There are also a few new toys to play with, like a slow motion video setting, and the familiar “shake to take” function we’ve heard about, in which you flick your wrists a few times to open the camera app (even when the phone is locked). Yes, I just made that phrase up and yes, I want credit or a copyright.

As touching the screen to open settings has gone away, that leaves the screen available for other stuff. This time, we use “touch to take” for pics (yeah, made that one up, too), which is a lot like Android 4.2. We can long-press for multiple shots, which should make the auto-awesome feature of Google+ really simple, or use swipe gestures for more. Swiping up or down from an on-screen touch will enable the zoom, rather than the pinch-to-zoom in 4.2.

Of course, this is a big change from the current Motorola camera UI, but we knew it would be. Whether or not this is the next stock Android camera UI isn’t known at this point, but we should know soon enough, maybe before this phone is made official.

With Clear Pixel technology and a 10.5 megapixel shooter, we’ll be excited to see just what this thing is capable of. With August right around the corner, and the new Droid phones from Verizon hitting tomorrow, it’s an exciting time for Motorola fans and observers alike. We’ll keep you up-to-date on everything that’s happening, so be sure to check back often!

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