Apr 01 AT 3:40 PM Dima Aryeh 10 Comments

Google working on new camera app, to be available to KitKat users

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Camera

It’s long been known that Google has been working hard to improve the camera experience on Android devices. The camera app, while absolutely terrible before Ice Cream Sandwich, has been getting better and better with every update. The Gallery app has also been gaining some powerful image editing features. But the photo taking experience is still quite poor on Nexus devices, because the app itself is not exactly great.

According to new rumors, the next version of the camera will not be in the next version of Android. Instead, it will be available separately to all who have KitKat and up. We assume this will be done through the Play Store, where Google has uploaded many of its system apps for use on skinned devices. This means that those with HTC Sense and Samsung TouchWiz can benefit from the new camera.

This new camera app will finally feature an accurate viewfinder, which will capture exactly what you see on screen. There will also be many filters with third party support, so you can add your own filters or those made by others. There will also be a new blur feature, which will blur the background giving the depth of field effect of a more expensive camera (much like HTC did with the Duo camera and Samsung is doing with software). On top of that, Google is said to have improved both panorama and Photo Sphere modes by increasing the resolution.

We’re excited to see what Google can do for image capture. Previous attempts by the company have simply been poor. With apps like Play Music and Hangouts being greatly improved lately, I’m sure Google has something special up its sleeve for the camera. Are you excited for a new camera app from Google? Leave a comment!

Source: Engadget

Dima Aryeh is obsessed with all things car and tech. His time is split between gaming and fixing his racecar. He also does photography in his spare time.

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  • jamal adam

    This is something we’ve needed for a while. The stock camera app has always been lacking in one way or another but have this new camera app be downloadable from the Play Store will most likely lead to faster updates, new features, and the like. I’m excited to see what Google can do and what they will improve.

  • www.phonewbie.com

    My nexus 5 camera sucks. I welcome the update!

    • Zach

      I’ve taken some of the best pictures i’ve ever taken with my nexus 5. Turn on HDR+ and touch to focus before you take the shot.

      • Bart

        Wow! Zach. That is a great shot. I have an HDR app on Note3 and it is not that outstanding. For hobbyist shots I always use my SLR, but that shot you shared makes using the phone a viable alternative.

        • Zach

          Thanks! That’s probably the best shot I’ve ever taken.
          I used to have a note 2 and I thought the camera was pretty good, i can only expect that the note 3 has a better camera.

          I’m just using the stock camera app with no modifications. I am running a custom rom. The nexus 5 has a different camera lens then many/most phones in that it can take an “HDR+” photo very quickly, about 2-3 seconds after i press the button i have a nice pic. some of my old phones took that long just to take a regular pic. Most phones take 3 separate pics and combiner them, which takes 5+seconds and tends to be blurry. The nexus 5 just has a little circle that fills and they’re not usually blurry, i think it keeps the lens open and varies the exposure.

          If anyone is interested, the pic was taken in Yellow Springs, OH. The water coming from the rocks is drinkable :)

      • masterpfa

        I too have never had any complaints from my Nexus 5 camera, especially my favourite feature Photosohere. For real photography I use my Canon G12. My phone always will be just for ‘Snaps’

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  • renyo

    I’m waiting for the day when everything that needs improving (to bring it to the level of existing tech) is done and they turn their attention to battery technology…

  • Manar

    I’m not sure that google will go all the way and release a camera app for all kitkat devices. Afterall, the photosphere feature was the selling point for the nexus 5. So far, other phone makers’ attempts at bringing this feature to their phones fell short in camparison to Nexus. I doubt they will give this feature up to all android devices that easily….

  • donger

    Finally. Can’t wait.