Custom camera on Google Messages lets switch Photo and Video modes while using

A notable feature on Google Messages' custom camera is a switch for Photo and Video modes
The image displays Google Messages logo. — Pixabay

The image displays Google Messages logo. — Pixabay

Only two days after it added Reaction Effects to its messages, Google Messages has kicked off the roll out of its own custom camera as a replacement to your default viewfinder.

The custom camera — spotted on the beta version of Google Messages which released on March 13, 2024 — specifically equips Pixel users with the ability to adjust Exposure, White Balance, and set a Timer. Meanwhile, the app previously could only use the system camera app.

Users on Google Messages can access their device's built-in camera from within a conversation, or from a shortcut located right next to search field on the homescreen of the app. 

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New features of custom camera on Google Messages

Designed with Compose, the newly incorporated viewfinder simplifies the functionality of the camera app as users can now adjust the zoom level using three defaults above the shutter as well as pinch to zoom beyond that.

While it lacks grid lines that let users ensure vertical and horizontal alignment of the frame, other changes brought to Google Messages' custom camera include a flash in the top-right corner and a switch for front and rear-facing cameras.

Another notable feature is the button — placed at the bottom of the camera — to switch between Photo and Video modes, as previously users had to choose the mode prior to opening the app in fullscreen mode.