Dec 05 AT 11:58 AM Alex Wagner 17 Comments

Android 4.4.1 update said to include Nexus 5 camera improvements, rollout to begin in coming days


The Nexus 5 has been fairly well-received since its debut. The device was backordered just hours after it launched in the Google Play Store in October, and since then it’s been described as one of the better Android smartphones around thanks to its high-res display, quad-core processor and its $349 starting price. However, one aspect of the device that’s widely thought to be in need of improvement is its camera, and some users over at XDA even went so far as to craft their own flashable package with tweaks to the device’s shooter. They’re not the only ones that’ve been working on making the Nexus 5′s camera better, though, as Google will soon begin rolling out a similar update of its own

A new report from The Verge has revealed that Google has prepared an update to Android 4.4.1 that’s meant to address the Nexus 5′s camera performance. Dave Burke, Director of Engineering for Android at Google, explained that the update is meant to address areas such as autofocus, exposure, white balance, contrast and the load time of the camera app itself.

Google has also added a progress bar for HDR+ Mode that will give users an idea of how much longer it’ll take for their high dynamic range photos to be put together. That’s not the only interface enhancement that Google has planned, Burke added, explaining that the company plans to unearth the settings of the camera app and make them easier to access.

Overall it sounds like this camera-centric update is going to offer some pretty dramatic improvements to the Nexus 5′s shooter. While it may still be unable to hang with some of the best smartphone cameras on the market, the Nexus 5′s camera with the Android 4.4.1 update should be much speedier and could make many owners much more satisfied with their device. The Android 4.4.1 update is expected to begin rolling out in the coming days.

Source: The Verge

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