Will Verduzco · Dec 5, 2013 at 11:30 am

Android 4.4.1 to Bring Massive Upgrade to Nexus 5 Camera

Ever since the release of the highly anticipated Google Nexus 5, the device has earned nearly unanimous praise from the tech industry. Much of this has been well deserved, as the Nexus 5 features bleeding-edge internals at a wallet-friendly price. Unfortunately the camera quality, while much improved over its predecessor Nexus devices, still leaves much to be desired. Luckily, however, this is being actively worked on and tested, with a fix right around the corner.

A few days ago, we reported that Android 4.4.1 was undergoing active testing. At the time, there was no indication as to what the update would bring. At the time, we were hopeful that the update would bring some of the new camera modes promised earlier. Unfortunately, it appears as if these features won’t be making their way into production builds quite that quickly. However, there’s still quite a bit of good news on the Nexus camera front. In a recent interview with The Verge, Director of Engineering for Android Dave Burke detailed several improvements to the Nexus 5’s camera that will make their way to consumer devices with Android 4.4.1.

The update is intended to fix the Nexus 5’s camera performance in five categories. The most immediately noticeable will perhaps be autofocus speed. Due to the added optical image stabilization in the Nexus 5’s camera module, the current camera software allowed itself to take slow shutter shots, even when in good lighting conditions. While this is quite beneficial in lower light conditions, it quickly proves frustrating in good lighting.

In addition to the speed increases thanks to the higher frame rate and image detection, the update will also aim to bring picture quality increases. These will come in the form of changes to the device’s autofocus, exposure, and white balance, as well as reduced motion blur. The menu interface will also see a slight streamlining, including a new progress indicator for the HDR+ mode.

As for timing, Burke stated that the update will be rolling out over the next few days. Be sure to check back here at the XDA Portal for captured OTA update links and images. What are your thoughts on these new camera improvements? What do you think of the Nexus 5’s camera overall? Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below.

[Source: The Verge]


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Will Verduzco

willverduzco is an editor on XDA-Developers, the largest community for Android users. Will Verduzco is the Portal Administrator for the XDA-Developers Portal. He has been addicted to mobile technology since the HTC Wizard. But starting with the Nexus One, his gadget love affair shifted to Google's little green robot. He is also a Johns Hopkins University graduate in neuroscience and is now currently studying to become a physician. View willverduzco's posts and articles here.
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