New API’s Set To Make Android Cameras Better, Nexus 5 First To Get Improvements

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One of the biggest complaints of some Android phones has been the camera quality. Well that might be a thing of the past as Google announced new API’s for Android cameras. The camera is one of the more personal and important parts of any smartphone these days. More people are putting away the point and shoot and even the DSLR in favor of the more compact and easier to handle, smartphone.

Gina Scigliano (Google)

Android’s latest camera HAL (hardware abstraction layer) and framework supports raw and burst-mode photography… We will expose a developer API [application programming interface] in a future release to expose more of the HAL functionality.

The core concept of the new HAL and future API is centered around burst-mode photography… The basic idea is instead of taking a single shot with a given set of parameters, you instead have the power to queue up a request to take multiple shots each with different parameter settings such as exposure gain. The camera subsystem captures a the burst of shots, which can be subsequently post-processed by the application layer.

This is going to be great news to a lot of Android fans and some redeeming news for those Nexus owners who have suffered criticism over the lackluster camera offerings. Hit the links below for source and more.

Sources: Gigaom  CNET

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