Google is doing it, they are really doing it. According to a report out of The Verge, our friends in Mountain View have spent some time over the few weeks since the introduction of the Nexus 5 to address our biggest complaint – the camera experience. Android 4.4.1 will arrive in the next few days with all sorts of new camera tweaks and improvements, from adjusting the autofocus, exposure, and white balance, to simply making everything faster. It also sounds like this is only the beginning of a camera overhaul for Google’s new flagship phone.
Post update, the camera will reportedly do the simple things that matter, like launch a full second quicker than it did previously. No more missing…every shot! We’ll also see a status indicator in HDR+, so that you know what the hell your phone is doing for that extra bit of time. The menu system is apparently about to change as well, with tweaks that should make the UI more “controllable and obvious.”
Most importantly though, you should be able to take a picture when you want to take a picture and actually capture it. We really just wanted speed, so thanks, Google.
We included some before and after sample photos. You’ll notice the contrast has been jacked up a bit, plus the colors seem to “pop” more than they used to – that change was intentional. The new photo results may seem unnatural to some, but anything is better at this point than the unlively and death-grey we were seeing previously.
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Once the update hits, we’ll be sure to let you know!