Android 4.4.1 Kitkat brings major camera fixes for Nexus 5

Android 4.4.1 Kitkat brings major camera fixes for Nexus 5

Android 4.4.1 Kitkat brings major camera fixes for Nexus 5

by December 9, 2013 0 comments

Google has started rolling out the latest version of its operating system, Android 4.4.1, to various Nexus devices. But the biggest beneficiary is Nexus 5 that gets major camera fixes. Google made the announcement via the official Nexus account on Google+ that an Android 4.4.1 Kitkat update will be available for Nexus 5.

nexus 5Nexus 5 received good overall reviews when it was launched but the camera failed to impress. The latest Android addresses the main criticisms of the handset. It focuses on fixing the camera and enhancing its ability to take pictures.

Some of the key fixes/enhancements are,

  • Faster focusing especially in low light
  • Faster white balancing
  • Truer colours
  • Support for pinch-to-zoom with the viewfinder while in HDR+ mode
  • Reduced shutter lag

Speed is the main theme of the update. In addition, the enhancements will improve the ability of the device to take pictures in low light. Lower shutter lag will provide a better chance to capture a fast-moving object. Also, with the new update, the camera app launches a full second quicker than it did before. There’s a new progress indicator pop up in HDR+ mode that takes several snaps of the same scene and then combines them to produce the enhanced picture. Overall, the camera performance has been improved drastically, however its still not the best in the business.

The other Nexus devices such as Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 are also reported to receive the new update. For the Nexus 5 owners, an OTA update is on its way.

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