Android 4.4.1 to improve Nexus 5 camera, bring speedier focus and punchier photos

Posted on Dec 5 2013 - 10:20am by Abhijeet Mishra

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The Nexus 5 is one of the best Android smartphones in the market today, but a subpar camera (and battery life) stop it from being a true flagship device, compared to offerings from Google’s many hardware partners. Google is working on improving Android’s camera software for some time now, but while we wait for those improvements to show up in (hopefully) the next major Android update, the Nexus 5 will start taking better and faster pictures with the upcoming Android 4.4.1 update.

The Verge got early access to Android 4.4.1 and came away impressed with how improved the Nexus 5 camera is after the update. 4.4.1 fixes one of the biggest issues users have had with the device: the camera is now able to load and focus much quicker, allowing for better capturing of scenes with fast-moving objects, something that’s almost an exercise in futility at the moment. Photos also come out with more contrast, which, according to Google’s Director of Engineering for Android Dave Burke, is an intentional move to make the photos pop more than they do now, and the difference is immediately noticeable.

Things like exposure and white balance have been improved as well, and Google is also working on simplifying Android’s camera interface, which is currently a horror in usability with all the hidden options and odd placement of different functions. Again, while major improvements to Android’s camera software won’t be seen for some time to come, Nexus 5 owners will soon be able to take pictures that one would expect from an otherwise extremely high-end device, even though it might not reach the capabilities of cameras on devices like the Galaxy Note 3 or its non-Nexus cousin, the LG G2.

Hit the source link for more details on how Android 4.4.1 improves the Nexus 5 camera.

Source: The Verge

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Abhijeet holds an avid interest in technology, and when he's not tinkering with this smartphone or covering the latest development in the mobile world (or singing along to classics from Dean Martin or Frank Sinatra), he can be found trying to rest his oft-strained eyes (and failing miserably at it).