Google is working on a new camera API that will bring new features and possibly improved image quality to Android devices, including the Nexus line.
Many reviewers have panned the camera experience on the Nexus 5 as inconsistent and mediocre, with some going as far as to call the product unfinished. Google acknowledged the problems and said that a software update could alleviate some of them. Indeed, code discovered in the publicly available Android source code suggests that a new Camera API is in the works that could improve image quality and give access to new features.
Android developer Josh Brown first spotted the code, and Ron Amadeo of Ars Technica broke the news. According to the dates on the commits in the code repository, the API was in the works for about 10 months, but Google didn’t finish it in time for the KitKat release, which shipped with the old API.
Here’s a summary of what may be coming to the Android camera experience once the new API is implemented:
It seems that the new Camera API was in an advanced stage of development when Google decided to cut it out of KitKat. A last moment change of plans could explain why the Nexus 5’s camera feels a bit unfinished. When the new API lands, it will be backwards compatible, but for now we can only guess when we will see the update.
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they definetly need to do something about the stock camera software. . .
Yeahh others have much cooler features than the nexus. I guess google thinks google plus does all the cool stuff for photos, but i think its a mess!
Cool, this will make a good addition to the Nexus 5.
If they release a camera app that uses all the new APIs into the PLaystore, it would be a great addition to Android ;)
Could be made another part of play services i guess!
What’s that second phone just under the Nexus 5?
But in every other picture i seen the back buttons looked different. Is it an update?
verson version I believe… if some other carrier hasn’t done the same…
Yeah, it’s the Verizon version. Got a little unnecessarily happy when I saw that because normally when a G2 is shown it’s, as Luka said, any other version but Verizon’s (probably because, imo, all the other versions’ rear keys are much easier to get used to and use).
Android 5.0 will likely have a hefty camera upgrade….They’ve been building up to it for quite some time now.
I really hope they don’t wait for the next version of Android to release this update…
I love my Nexus 5, but I would welcome a camera upgrade. It is pretty weak compared to other android offerings.
Indeed, but I found that using something like Smugmugs Camera Awesome really helped the image quality. So it is most defenitivly releated to the camera app.
Good move by Google. I use both Samsung & Google camera apps. Both shows quite similar capabilities but the performance on Google camera apps drop drastically during low light shot.
I pray hard the new camera API can brings new features and some manual like function.
Yay !!!!!!!! Burst mode on nexus 4 !!!!!!!!!
Fingers crossed for slow motion mode !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Nexus 5 already does face detection… flip the FFC on and watch a circle follow your face around.