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Is it possible with Android phones (like with iOS 5) to take photos directly from the lock screen without unlocking first?

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You could use WidgetLocker and have a shortcut on your lockscreen to your camera. I haven't personally tried this, but it should technically work.

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Thanks. Indeed, the default configuration of WidgetLocker comes with a camera slider that does exactly this. Unfortunately the stock Android doesn't allow WL to integrate its lock screen with a security lockscreen; that means that after choosing the camera you may still need to slide the system slider before entering the PIN. – pesche Oct 27 '11 at 2:29

With just the stock Android experience, no. That is, until Ice Cream Sandwich is released.

That's not to say that OEMs haven't added their own changes that do allow for launching the camera app without unlocking, or perhaps a clever developer making a change to the lockscreen.

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CyanogenMod 7 includes the ability to launch any app from the lockscreen via custom app starter or gestures. – Chahk Oct 24 '11 at 21:25
Yeah, just one day after asking I got the HTC update to Sense 3.0 where there is a link to the camera on the lock screen. With Sense 2.x (or other OEM firmware) WidgetLocker is an acceptable workaround (see Bryans answer). – pesche Oct 27 '11 at 2:39

There are apps in android market which provide an alternate lockscreen such as WidgetLock or MagicLocker(Free) through which you could have direct access to camera from the Lock Screen. Also with some custom ROM's based on CyanogenMod, you could add shortcuts to any app on the Lock screen.

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WidgetLocker does this, but as far as I could see from the description in the Android Market, MagicLocker does not. – pesche Oct 27 '11 at 2:22

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