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Are you rocking an older Motorola phone? You may have notice some significant improvements hitting your device. Said manufacturer has just pushed out updates to a couple of their main applications. Namely, the Motorola Camera and Gallery apps, which now come with a set of added features that will definitely make some of you happier campers.

Aside from the usual bug fixes and performance improvements, Moto has included an active viewfinder to its Camera app. What does this even mean? In short: users will now have the ability to read QR and bar codes directly from the camera’s viewfinder, without having to take a picture or download any separate services to decipher these intricate designs. Not all phones will get this new functionality, though. This feature is only available for the 2nd-gen Moto X, Moto X Pro, DROID Turbo and Moto Maxx/Turbo on Android 5.1 Lollipop.

Furthermore, those grabbing the Motorola Gallery update now have the ability to better organize their video clips and photos into albums. These can then be stored into SD cards, offloading some weight from that precious internal storage, which can often be so limited.

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Aren’t you glad manufacturers have begun publishing their system apps directly to the Google Play Store? If it was all done the old-fashioned way, users would have to wait until their next system software update to get all these nifty features.

If you haven’t gotten your update, just head over to the Google Play Store and grab it. It should be there! How many of you have been testing these enhancements? How are the new capabilities treating you?

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