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Google presses down on a CPU-overloading camera-related bug in the Nexus 5, possibly other devices

Google presses down on a CPU-overloading camera-related bug in the Nexus 5, possibly other devices

Google's Android developers have been tipped about a software bug which results in abnormally high CPU usage 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 future maintenance update. He explained that a recent update to Skype makes the app access the camera regularly (in the background) in a way that triggers high CPU usage. This results in battery drain, slowdown, and inability to access the camera app. 


The googler believes that this isn't a bug in Skype itself, and other apps which handle camera data through a specific Android process can also cause the bottleneck. The developer could not provide an estimate for a maintenance update's release. Until it's ready, he suggested rebooting the phone to resolve the problem temporarily. Uninstalling Skype is also a good option, at least for the few of you who can get by without it. 


The programmer also said that the problem might appear in other KitKat-running devices that have the same Qualcomm imaging chip as the Nexus 5, but it will be up to their respective manufacturers to issue fixes due to differences in software.


For reference, here's the full quote from the developer:


source: Google via Android Central

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