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Samsung’s Android Pie camera UI brings a change you may not like

Android Pie for Samsung smartphones will bring with it, among other things, an updated camera interface. If you have installed the One UI beta, you will have already played around with the new interface. It’s not exactly drastically different from what we have on Android 8.1 Oreo, but Samsung has made a few key changes. And one change in particular might not be to everyone’s liking.

An extra step for recording video

On Android Pie, the camera app now has a dedicated mode for recording videos. This is similar to what you see on an iPhone, and it adds an extra step whenever you want to record a video. The red record button from Oreo is now replaced with the option to switch between the front and rear camera. One UI is all about making often-used features and functionality easier to access, so it does make sense for the button for switching between cameras to get more limelight in this selfie-crazed world.

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But perhaps Samsung could have come up with another solution to this instead of making it less convenient to access video recording. Android Pie does bring a new setting that forces the camera to always start in the last used shooting mode. But while this would work well for something like the Live Focus or Pro mode, it’s not the best alternative to a dedicated video recording button that’s accessible as soon as you open the camera app. Since Android Pie is still in beta, one can hope Samsung will take this particular feedback into account. If it doesn’t, we will just have to get used to the new way of doing things.

What do you think? Are you okay with video recording being a separate shooting mode, or is it an unnecessary change Samsung needs to rollback?

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preime101
preime101

Really bad decision. Switching to the front camera was already really easy with the swipe action, so replacing the dedicated video button was utterly pointless.
I hope they didn’t get rid of the toggle zoom feature where you could zoom in by holding and dragging the record button? Possibly one of the best designed interfaces they have developed and perfect for slow controlled zoom and zooming with one hand.

mtbrown262626
mtbrown262626

It’s definitely not a bad decision what so ever as it’s a fact most people take more photos than they do videos if you’re going to make a video you know you’re going to make a video so video setting on and not only that if you wanted to take a photo during making the video you can just tap the button to take a photo when recording the video not confusing not hard very simple makes perfect sense.

feratis
feratis

It was good decision to change it. If you make a video, you also have the camera-switch for the videomode. There won’t be any missclic by choosing the camera.

Steffan344
Steffan344

I disagree. The camera UI is better than ever. Finally some good changes. The One UI might be the best thing, that happend for Touchwiz since 2011.

madtrexx
madtrexx

In my opinion it is a very good change for people, who shoot a lot of selfies and use Instagram of Facebook. You can make selfies one clic faster than before.

ShamimN
ShamimN

Terrible

Biransahin
Biransahin

I agree with everyone here. It’s not such a good move to make something less convenient. Hopefully by the time the final version arrives they’ll have changed their mind. I imagine a lot of beta testers will bring this up.

locarno
locarno

“One UI is all about making often-used features and functionality easier to access,”

But swipe up/down is easier way to switch between front and rear camera than button.

Gregg1100
Gregg1100

Instant video recording by using the totally useless bixby button.

ShamimN
ShamimN

Agreed totally

Biransahin
Biransahin

I use Bixby constantly. One of the reasons I have a Note9. It’s invaluable. Just because some don’t use it doesn’t mean it’s useless. It’s all perspective. Shoes would be useless to a man with no legs. An AI assistant would be useless to a man with no intelligence.

fcaroll
fcaroll

There was no need for that camera switch button as there already is the swipe gesture to do that. Just more and more iPhone style with the camera, not so good i think