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How To Take Chrome’s New Camera App For A Spin

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Fancy test driving a new, improved version of Google’s Camera app for Chrome?  Well, we’re going to show you how.

The Camera app that ships with Chrome OS by default, and available on the Chrome Web Store for everyone else, is a handy little tool for taking quick photos using your webcam. It comes with a batch of live filters to make boring face-on shots a little more interesting.

Think Photobooth that comes with Apple’s desktop OS.

It’s a decent app, and while the current version doesn’t look that bad, compared to the ‘new wave’ of Google apps like Google+ Photos it is starting to look a little basic.

The good news is that Google are working on a new, revamped version that sports a new look, new animations and, eventually, new features – such as 15 second video clip recording and YouTube & Google+ uploading.

Google's plan for the new Camera Interface

Google’s plan for the new Camera Interface

Even better, the new version is available to try on both Chrome* and Chrome OS.

As it’s in development not all of its features and filters are working – but as it installs alongside the old version you’ve nothing to lose by giving it a spin.

Install New Chrome Camera App

First step is to get the new .crx from GitHub:

Camera App .crx from Github

Next, hit the ‘hotdog’ menu, mouse over the Tools option and select ‘Extensions’ from the pop-out menu.

This opens up a new tab in Chrome with a list of your currently installed extensions. Ignore all of that; check the box labelled ‘Developer Mode tucked away in the upper right of the page.

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Next, open up your downloads folder (or whatever location you saved the download above to) and drag and drop the .crx file onto the extensions page to install it.

All done! You can now launch the new Camera app from the Chrome Apps Launcher or Apps page. If you have the old one installed just look for the one with the larger icon.

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*May not work with all webcams

  • http://blog.samat.org/ Samat Jain

    Does installing this pre-release version effect our ability to upgrade later?

    • http://omgubuntu.co.uk/ Joey-Elijah Sneddon

      In theory no because it’s been installed from a local .crx. When the “new” camera app is released it will replace the existing”old” version. End result: you end up with the new camera app and the pre-release installed side-by-side.

  • Ryan Hoots

    Now, this is cool. Might even be a decent replacement for Cheese.

  • Eliot Eisen

    Apps, extensions, and user scrips cannot be added from this website. on Sam Chromebook 11. I’ll try from the chrome web store

  • http://NathanBrauer.com Nathan J. Brauer

    Both the new and old apps don’t work on Ubuntu 13.04 :(

  • Evan Welsh

    Both work fine on a Macbook Pro w/ Ubuntu 13.10 :)