The Nexus 5 has been well-received since its release, overall, and users are very pleased with its ultra-affordability. However, one common complaint is that the smartphone’s camera is lacking in strength when compared to other phones on the market. In response, Google has been working on a new app that should improve the Android camera phone’s picture-taking ability.

The Origins

The Nexus 5 camera has been panned by most reviewers; Google is hoping to remedy this issue in a way that doesn’t require a massive recall. There are other things that can be modified in order to achieve better camera quality besides changing the hardware, including designing the camera application to allow pictures to be customized with multiple burst-filter settings that, aside from taking nicer pictures, allows the user to further exhibit their photography skills.

The Features

According to CNET, the new camera app comes with a “bursting” picture-taking method, which takes many consecutive shots in quick succession. Once all the pictures are taken, the application will compile the resulting images and take the best aspects of each to create the best picture possible. But this is a little more complicated than the standard burst mode shutter options available. According to Google spokeswoman Gina Scigliano, in place of the standard one-snap shot “you instead have the power to queue up a request to take multiple shots each with different parameter settings such as exposure gain.” Once the picture is taken, the application will compile the results and make a picture with the optimum filter options. The best news is that it will soon be available for publishers to remix and redistribute in the form of new apps.

Application Programming Interface

An application programming interface (API) essentially means that Google’s new camera app’s source code is going to be available for use by other programmers, allowing them to improve on Google’s design and create more engaging apps of their own. Once this is released, users may start seeing upgrades to popular camera-focused apps to incorporate the improved camera technology. Of course, this is only speculation, but it is a definite possibility. What will be more exciting is the wave of new applications that will come out in response to this new camera.

With an affordable price, the Nexus 5 has become a favorite of many smartphone users, and now with the improved camera it will become a veritable force to be reckoned with. Now the world just has to wait for the update to be released to see whether Google’s new Android camera app can fix one of the few flaws left in their flagship phone.

Do you think the new application will be enough to put the Nexus 5 back on the map?

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John Doe
2013-12-04 19:02:34
This cant come soon enough, its as if they gave no consideration to the kitkat camera app. Sometimes I wonder if the nexus cam app was on the Play store how much of a rating it would have. Im guessing it would not be good.
   

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