Google presses down on a CPU-overloading camera-related bug in the Nexus 5, possibly other devices
Google's Android developers have beentipped about a software bug which results in abnormally high CPUusage when using the Nexus 5's camera. A developer chimed in on Google's bug tracker, saying that the company has fixes ready for a futuremaintenance update. He explained that a recent update to Skype makesthe app access the camera regularly (in the background) in a way thattriggers high CPU usage. This results in battery drain, slowdown, andinability to access the camera app.
The googler believes that thisisn't a bug in Skype itself, and other apps which handle camera datathrough a specific Android process can also cause the bottleneck. The developer could not provide anestimate for a maintenance update's release. Until it's ready, hesuggested rebooting the phone to resolve the problem temporarily.Uninstalling Skype is also a good option, at least for the few of youwho can get by without it.
The programmer also said that the problem might appearin other KitKat-running devices that have the same Qualcomm imaging chip as the Nexus 5, but it will be up to their respectivemanufacturers to issue fixes due to differences in software.
For reference, here's the full quotefrom the developer: