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Nexus 5 camera improvements rolling out soon in Android 4.4.1

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Nexus 5 camera improvements rolling out soon in Android 4.4.1
Since the launch of the Nexus 5, there have been two main complaints from reviewers and users alike - the battery life and the camera. The battery life isn't something that can necessarily be fixed all that much (though we would note that the issue is mitigated by the extremely fast charging afforded by the Snapdragon 800), but Google has been working hard on camera improvements which will be coming soon in Android 4.4.1.

The Verge talked to Dave Burke, Google's Director of Engineering for Android, who has given a rundown of all the changes Google has made to the camera with the new update. The top of the list is speed all around. The app loads faster, autofocus has been made much faster, and simply taking photos is faster, because Burke says the app has been shifted from slower shutter speeds towards faster speeds, especially in the daylight. The camera had been optimized more for night shots where it could use a longer shutter to get better pictures, and rely on the optical image stabilization to keep the quality up, but that led to motion blur and other issues in daylight. With the autofocus, exposure, and white balance fixed, you remove motion blur problems and make everything faster in general. 

Additionally, there is a new progress bar on HDR+ photos, which helps you know how long it will be to take a photo, since HDR takes longer in general. Colors and contrast have also been improved in the update. Colors look more saturated, and Burke says the aim was to make images "pop" more. Overall, the pictures look better all around. 

Google says that the Android 4.4.1 update will begin rolling out in the next few days. As we've learned, rollouts can take a couple weeks to complete, but we're sure there will be a manual update package available soon enough. 


source: The Verge

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posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:37 3

1. ArtSim98 (Posts: 2276; Member since: 21 Dec 2012)


It seems to be a new trend to much improve the camera with a later update. Like Z1 or some Motorolas

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:19

6. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3277; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)


I'm just so glad that we can't go wrong with our Lumia WP devices...

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 20:28 2

13. LoveHater (Posts: 96; Member since: 09 Oct 2013)


You already did it by going WP way

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 00:02 2

14. taikucing (unregistered)


Noone asks you. Go home, you M$ salesgirl

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 01:58 1

16. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 881; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


rodneyej1 you're biased and off topic go home you're drunk !!

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 12:37

9. QWIKSTRIKE (Posts: 832; Member since: 09 Mar 2010)


It is at least being addressed, However; the battery on the nexus needs no fixing.Most place I go including myself are happy with battery life. The only thing about the battery people gripe about is it being only 2300mAh. I bet the complainers aren't using the device because I can talk 3-4 hours play music serch the web and still go 23 hours with 40% battery life left.

Sure it does not have a huge battery, but it does have great software management, and a great RF antenna that keeps battery levels from falling off significantly all day. This thing's battery out last my GS3 by light years, and it doesnt get hot when I talk for a long period of time.

What they need to do is fix why the phone somtimes fail to pick up when you swipe to answer calls....it just rings continuusly and freezes. You must reboot the phone to get it to work and this bug happens on all carriers. Why haven't you guys reported on this bug?

This bug is being reported all over the internet in every forum.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 16:11

11. LordDavon (Posts: 107; Member since: 19 Sep 2011)


I think they can fix the battery issue. I am finding that some apps will not close, unless I go into recent apps and swipe them away. These are apps that have an "exit" or "close" from the app itself. For some reason, they do close after swiping them away.

I first found this issue after closing a game. It continued to play its music on the phone, even after the game closed. It did stop after swiping away the game. Then I installed a task killer app to view the apps, opened a bunch of apps, and closed them all. Almost half of them were in the Task List. After swiping them away, they all closed.

I think there is an issue with apps closing on the Nexus 5, and a fix is something that they could provide. I am keeping my apps cleaned by swiping them away, and my battery life has been really good.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:41

2. alipashang77 (Posts: 11; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


What about Nexus 4 ? The worst picture and video i captured/recorded was with nexus 4, even my old Htc Desire takes better video and pictures

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:46 7

3. blingblingthing (Posts: 423; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


I've taken better pictures with my nexus 4 than my brother's iPhone , both using HDR in daylight. So i disagree with you.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 10:59

4. alipashang77 (Posts: 11; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


The colors in pictures are brushed out, they are not realistic, video is white, there is this whiteness in it which kind of seems odd

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:07 5

5. GeekMovement (Posts: 1499; Member since: 09 Sep 2011)


Oh wow the update is quite dramatic if the above photos are accurate.

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 11:59 7

7. marbovo (Posts: 621; Member since: 16 May 2013)


The funny side is that when they review the phone, PA say the camera is nice, then a few month later they say the camera is not that good, theeennn when the newer version is lauched they say that the older version had a horrible camera, not so consistent I think...

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 14:54

10. Shatter (Posts: 1973; Member since: 29 May 2013)


The camera is okay, not bad but it is more than enough for your average user. This update makes it even better.

posted on 10 Dec 2013, 12:22

17. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1046; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Exactly. Just like how they rated the Nexus 5 camera as being better, or at least equal to the iPhone 5s but later changed their mind for no reason and gave the i5S the best camera award. I thought the Nexus was better according to you PA!?

posted on 05 Dec 2013, 18:13

12. fay99 (Posts: 48; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)


Camera speed is a lot faster but pic quality seems to be poorer :(
Seems to have more noises :(

posted on 06 Dec 2013, 00:04

15. taikucing (unregistered)


Please bring nexus 5 to my country.

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