The term “hands-free” will never be the same. Imagine that you don’t have to fiddle with the touchscreen to take a picture on your Android device. Imagine that you don’t even have to hit a physical button to take a selfie. Imagine just whistling.
Okay, now stop imagining and check out Whistle Camera for Android. The app lets you whistle to take a picture. We tested it ourselves and we can say with confidence that it works exactly as promised.
“The most awesome stage”
Last year, Facebook's VP of Design thought the TNW Conference main stage was the best she'd ever been on.
Here’s the official feature list:
- Whistle detecting camera.
- High quality pictures.
- Auto focus.
- Easy holding and taking pictures just with one hand.
- Using the volume up button for more easy way to take a picture.
- Picture sites hands free while driving using the whistle.
- Selfie pictures using cam countdown.
- Both landscape and portrait orientation supported.
- A very useful and fast picture gallery.
- Share your photos.
- Easily edit your photos.
In the app’s settings, you can change where the images are stored as well as tweak the sensitivity for the whistle detector (on a scale of one to eight, the default is three). In our tests, the default setting worked just fine, but if you take pictures in noisy areas, you may want to adjust it accordingly.
The app also has ads and regularly prompts you to upgrade to the Pro version. That’s not the main drawback though.
While Whistle Camera can control both your front and back cameras, it can only handle photos. As a result, it’s difficult for us to recommend this as a complete replacement for Google Camera.
That being said, it’s definitely worth a downloading and installing. At the very least, it will be there in case you need to snap a few photos without touching your smartphone or tablet.
Top Image Credit: Julia Freeman-Woolpert
Read next: How to bounce back from burning out