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Google's working on a new camera app with background blurring, new UI, and filters, says report

News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday April 01, 2014.

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The default camera app that ships with Android phones has undergone many product revamps over the years, and another may soon be in the cards. Reports from trusted sources of Engadget claim that Google is working on a new camera application with a "refreshed UI, a background-blurring effect for portrait shots, and improved panorama and Photo Sphere modes."

According to Engadget, Google will introduce a new camera app that supports changing the focus and depth of field of an image to create more dramatic shots. The camera would be capable of introducing tricks with focusing, like the ones seen on Nokia Lumia devices and the HTC One, as well as blur the background of a portrait. Also coming up is a tool to let developers add their own filters to the camera app.

The new camera app is said to currently be in testing and slated to be distributed to everyone by appearing in Google Play. The only devices that currently run Google's camera apps are Nexus phones and Google Play Editions of flagship smartphones. With the release of a standalone app, Google could distribute its camera app to more people and distribute fixes more frequently. For instance, Nexus 5 users have been waiting for several weeks to receive a rumored Android 4.3.3 updated expected to address issues with focusing and performance in the camera.

source: Engadget

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