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Android L has big camera plans


News by Luke Jones on Monday June 30, 2014.

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Google laid it all out in terms of its roadmap for Android at the company's I/O conference last week. Android will become a platform that crosses form factors and niches to become the be all and end all product for Google. Android L will be the next smartphone and tablet release as Google is very much sticking with the form factor that started it all. A few more details about the camera software heading our way on Android L have emerged today.

As smartphone cameras have moved away from being throw away snappers to real alternatives to point and shoots and sometimes better, the expectations for software have grown. Simply put, the best smartphone cameras need to have software that will rival some of the best digital snappers on the market. Of course, once OEM's get their hands on Android L they will implement their own software touches, but the core Android software is due for an overhaul too.

When placed next to OEM created camera software, the stock Android effort has always felt a little lacking, which is why the snapper on Nexus devices is always among those handsets' flaws. Google is clearly trying to bridge the gap and is hoping that Android L will not only deliver a robust experience for stock Android users, but will also give OEM's more reason to use the stock software when creating their handsets.

Google is cranking up the performance of the Android L camera API thanks to increased compatibility between the lens and the software. The result should be better image quality and potential video capture of 30FPS at full resolution. Google uses the Nexus 5 as an example, with the handset able to capture 30FPS with the 8 megapixel lens, a much better performance than was previously available on even Android 4.4 KitKat.

Across the board all Android L software will come with burst mode, HDR+, and tools like ISO customization and more. That means even the most rudimentary of Android L device could theoretically sport some high end camera specs, although of course processor power will play it part in determining that.

source: Talk Android

 
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