On January 8, BlackBerry updated the Priv’s camera app in the Google Play Store. But what exactly is in this update? Let’s take a look!
The What’s New notes proudly announce that the Priv’s camera now has widescreen (16:9) capabilities, and that performance has been made significantly faster. There are now indicators for when HDR is active and when the app detects that you’re shooting in low light. Improvements have been made to Peek Preview, and auto-focus has been made a little bit more discerning. So that’s pretty cool, right?
Some BlackBerry Priv owners might be scratching their heads at this point, because widescreen shots have been available since mid-December. In fact, none of these features are new at all! A closer looks reveals that this changelog is identical to the one accompanying the December 14, 2015 update. So what’s new about the camera? Well, your guess is as good as ours! It might be worth pulling up your camera and seeing if you can spot what’s new. If you discover anything, let us know in the comments!
The rationale behind making system apps available in the Play Store is that it lets manufacturers get firmware updates to users much faster than over-the-air updates, which all have to go through an approval process with carriers. To upgrade your BlackBerry Priv’s camera and receive all the mysterious, undocumented improvements this update offers, click the button below to download the latest version.
So yeah, if anybody is in the mood for a scavenger hunt, please feel free to report on any differences you can find between this version and the last!