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Rumor: Google to Release Overhauled Stand-alone Camera App, Address All Sorts of Issues

I think it’s safe to say that for years, our biggest complaint about Nexus devices and stock Android has involved their cameras or camera apps. From a confusing menu system to a weird viewfinder experience, the camera app that Google has shipped over and over again is not great. Pair it with sensors that do not appear to have been optimized and you are left with frustrating results. We keep hoping that Google will fix one of its longest standing issues, but even a camera-specific update to the Nexus 5 in Android 4.4.1 didn’t quite do the trick.

According to a report out of Engadget, Google is on the verge of releasing a new camera app that should address a number of complaints, while also opening up new opportunities for both developers and non-Nexus devices. 

In this overhaul, Google is said to have changed to a 100% no-crop viewfinder, made panoramas and Photo Sphere pictures high-resolution, and added a new mode to allow for shallower depth-of-field, so that users can get that bokeh effect you see on the HTC One (M8) and Galaxy S5. Google may also open the app up to third party developers who want to create filters for the camera app.

This report also mentions that Google plans to release the app separately from Nexus devices, which we would assume means via Google Play. By making the app available through Google Play, Google can not only update it more regularly, but also potentially make the app available to everyone.

Google has yet to announce anything, but once we know, we’ll be sure to pass it along.

Via:  Engadget
  • Al Werner

    Let’s hope this is true. The camera app needs some dedicated love.

  • Nathan Bryant

    It’s obviously real news. Nothing funny about it if it was a joke.

    Anyways, a standalone app won’t improve picture quality. It’s the phone itself.

    • NickA

      Yes and no. The MotoX was greatly improved by an update to the software not hardware. The hardware of a camera is pretty basic, unless you add in things like OIS. But it’s what the software does in post processing that makes a difference.

  • chris125

    about time after that googler said google was going to make nexus cameras not suck which they have truly yet done. Come on Google.

  • Dave S.

    Honestly, aside from it being a bit on the slow side, I absolutely love my Nexus 5 camera. I’ve gotten some excellently detailed shots with it.

  • Menger40

    I hope this rumor is true, because this would be a great move. I don’t mind the stock camera UI, but updates are always welcome and firmware updates take way too long to get out.

  • Orion

    This is why I can’t stand April fools. Don’t know what is real and what’s not lol.

  • How will they optimize for every phone’s different camera hardware if its one standalone app?

  • fauxshizzl

    I really hope it includes shooting in RAW.

  • El_Big_CHRIS

    I hope this isn’t For #AprilsFool >:( #newcamera #hashtag

  • Intellectua1

    Hopefully since Samsung and Google signed the 10 year cross licensing deal Google will be able to use some of Samsungs camera app patents/tech. You can hate Samsung but there’s no denying they have the best camera tech out.

    • fauxshizzl

      Well aside Nokia obviously. But they are probably the best Android camera you can get.

    • MacNificent

      My G2 strongly disagrees

      • The Narrator

        This x 9999999

      • Tyler

        This pretty much sums its up nicely.

        • tl;dr text version for those of us at work?

          • Tyler

            It’s in the video description.

          • Ah. Thanks. For those as lazy as me, here’s how they placed:
            5. Samsung Galaxy S4
            4. LG G2
            3. Apple iPhone 5s
            2. Nokia Lumia 1020
            1. Samsung Galaxy Note 3

          • The Narrator

            Eh, MKBHD effed that up. Note 3 doesn’t even have OIS and it’s software is slow.

          • Chris

            or you could do your actual work and watch the video when you get home

          • Good call.

            First though, go ahead and smd.

      • T4rd

        Your G2 needs to be donated to science, since it is somehow sentient.

      • Intellectua1

        That’s one hell of a April Fools joke right there.. G2 camera better than Samsung camera. Lmfao. Good one buddy..

  • Adam Truelove

    Please PLEASE be true. And let it happen soon!

  • The Narrator

    Does it actually take good pictures?

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    then you dropped shooked ones, switched your demeanor. Well…

    • Marcus

      Well done,lol

  • Scott_Young

    i just want to natively shoot 16:9 photos on my N5 (and in higher resolution than 2MP)

    • Severo Rivera

      Me too.

  • Shane Redman

    Dude, just don’t report real news like this today. You should hold all news, rumors or anything that would general excite people until tomorrow.

    • Today does suck. But, this is actual news! Maybe we should start tagging with #NOTAPRILFOOLS. 😛

      • JSo

        Please do. I hate April Fools.

        • Severo Rivera

          I second that.

        • Daeshaun Griffiths


        • EvanTheGamer

          And it hates you.

      • EvanTheGamer

        People need to just relax and laugh at all the April Fools Day gags, and not get all uptight about it. Come on, it’s ONCE a freakin’ year, not like it’s every day.

        Relax, people, relax!

        • Nexoduss

          Ugh I’m tired of chives related sayings.

          • Smeckle

            You know that that originated at the dawn of WWII in 1939 with “Keep Calm and Carry On,” right? The Chive didn’t create it.

        • Shane Redman


        • Lonnie Brownell

          Shouldn’t that be “Take a Xanax and Keep Calm”? Should be an ad campaign for that drug.

      • Adam Martinez

        #NOTAPRILFOOLS is the obvious tag to use for any April Fools Day joke.

      • Excuse my ignorance, but is it actually possible for an app to actually fix all the issues with the camera? My impression was the issue was more than just a clunky app experience; to me it sounded like there needed to be some changed to the firmware or deeper parts of the OS dealing with the camera. Is that not the case?