Android KitKat 4.4.1 Update Coming Soon, Will Bring Camera Improvements to the Nexus 5

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Just a few days ago, we reported on the possibility of an updated version of KitKat, Android 4.4.1 rolling out to Nexus device owners. Today, thanks to a report from The Verge, we now know that the update is not only real, but just what the 4.4.1 update will accomplish; some massive improvements to the Nexus 5 camera.

The Nexus 5 rocks an 8MP camera at a time when most smartphones today posses cameras of a higher caliber. For instance, the LG G2 rocks a 13MP camera while the Nokia Lumia 1020 comes in with a 21MP snapper. But it’s not the megapixel count that’s holding the Nexus 5 camera down; it is sub-par performance in normal lighting conditions, causing motion blur and washed out colors. The  laggy shutter speed doesn’t help anything either.

Of course, megapixels aren’t all of the factors that go into a smartphone camera, with light sensors and software playing a huge part in camera performance. The Android 4.4.1 update vastly improves the Nexus 5’s camera software, fixing bugs such as increasing the frame rate, autofocus, exposure and white balance. The camera shutter has been tweaked to perform quicker than before, and opening the camera app now occurs in an instant. The camera’s speed has been increase in all capacities, and includes a HDR+ progress indicator which will let users know how long the HDR process will take. The camera interface, which is currently not the easiest to access is being slowly improved, so that users will be able to have instant access to camera features that currently require some digging through menus to activate.

If you’re a Nexus 5 owner, get ready to see the Android 4.4.1 update roll out shortly, perhaps in a matter of days. Hit the source link to see some sample shots of the Nexus 5 camera before and after the Android 4.4.1 update. Let us know when it arrives and how you like the changes.

Be sure to check out our Nexus 5 vs. LG G2 shootout, and how the Nexus 5 camera fares when pitted against the iPhone 5S.

[Via: The Verge]

  • mkgadgetman

    The Nokia Lumia 1020 has a 41mp snapper, not 21mp. Just a SLIGHT difference. ;)

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