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Android 4.4.1 update coming to Nexus 5 in a few days to improve the camera

News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday December 05, 2013.

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The Google Nexus 5 will be the first smartphone to receive the Android 4.4.1 update. The KitKat variant is a small update meant to fix bugs, the biggest and most important being a series of changes to the camera app that should greatly improve the photo-taking capabilities of the Nexus 5.

Google has admitted that the Nexus camera needed work after early reviews of the device universally highlighted its issues with overexposure and image quality. A fix was promised, and David Burke, director of engineering for the Android team at Google, has given a preview of the changes to The Verge. The camera update will:

- Improve autofocus to take faster shots
- Improve exposure settings and white balance to take bright but measured shots that have more accurate colors
- Improve contrast settings so images
- Decrease loading time to launch camera and take photos
- HDR+ mode now has a progress indicator

Android 4.4.1 will not magically make the Nexus 5 the best camera around. No one should expect that considering that the user interface isn't very intuitive and Google has yet to fix that. However, the camera has been "massively improved," according to The Verge's daylong hands-on with the new camera. We'll know in a few days if that's truly the case.

source: The Verge

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