Almost an year ago, I got a chance to speak to someone from Google who had worked on the Pixel phone’s camera. This is what I told him.
“I’m a huge fan of Android. However, if someone asks me for a smartphone recommendation and mention that taking photos is one of their top priorities, I used to tell them to buy iPhone. Thank you for changing that”.
Pixel phone’s camera was such a huge improvement over all the Android phone cameras that we have ever seen. A lot of that weight is actually carried by the software that powers the Camera app.
It has a bunch of cool tricks under its sleeves to make photos and videos better. There
Looks like this Camera app is coming to Chromebooks too. If you look at it and ask, “why do we need such a fancy camera app on a Chromebook”, you may not get anywhere. What you should be thinking is, “hmm, it will be cool to have that fancy camera app on my Android-
The Code and The Strange Appearance
According to XDA, a few Reddit users noticed two Camera apps on their Chromebook launcher after a recent Dev channel update. For most of them, clicking on either of the icons opened the same old Chrome OS camera app. However, for Reddit user /u/SlideReadIt this opened the Android app.
XDA also found some code commits related this. Looks like the plan is to eventually have only one icon, but dynamically open the Android app or Chrome OS app based on the Chromebook and its Play Store support and other elements (Pixelbook is the only device that qualifies for this as of now.)
This is the paragraph where I am supposed to talk about this trend wherein you find all the Android features and apps showing up in Chrome OS. I guess I don’t have to do it anymore. This is the new normal, right?