Android 4.1.1 will arrive for Nexus 5 users in the coming days with a bevy of camera improvements in tow. Google's Director of Engineering for Android, Dave Burke, recently sat down with The Verge to outline the changes.
While the optical image stabilization in the Nexus 5 allows it to get better-than-average shots in low light, the slow shutter speed impacts performance under normal lighting conditions. This is something we experienced firsthand in our Nexus 5 review last month with indoor shots often experiencing unwanted motion blur.
Adjusting the camera’s autofocus, exposure, shutter speed and white balance helped fix motion blur and just makes everything faster in general, Google said.
Specifically, the publication found the camera app launches a full second faster than before. A new progress indicator in the HDR+ mode makes snapping such photos more straightforward. There’s still a delay when taking an HDR image, however, based on the nature of the process as it captures multiple images at different exposures and combines them to get the best overall picture.
The update in general earns positive marks from the publication although there’s still work to be done to turn the Nexus 5’s camera into a top-quality shooter. For example, there should be a way to one-touch focus and capture a shot and some images still turn out too over-processed.
Burke echoed these sentiments, noting there was still work to be done and promising Google would continue to make the Nexus 5’s camera even better moving forward.
The Nexus 5 is a the latest flagship smartphone in the Google Nexus family. The Nexus 5 ships with Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box and features a 4.95-inch full HD IPS display covered in Gorilla Glass 3 that operates at 1,920 x 1,080 (445 PPI), a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and 4G LTE connectivity.
The Nexus 4 is Google’s flagship handset that shipped along Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The Nexus 4 packs a 1.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 IPS display, 2GB of RAM, dual cameras (1.3MP front, 8.0MP back), and either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage. Google also baked in NFC support and wireless charging.
The Nexus 10 is Google's rival of the full-size Apple's iPad. It is manufactured by Samsung and is powered by a dual-core ARM Cortex-A15 chip, 2GB of RAM and Android 4.2. The Nexus packs a 10" screen at 2560 x 1600 resolution (300ppi). Other features include microUSB, Micro HDMI and not one but two NFC chips.
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