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Android 4.4.1 KitKat update makes Nexus 5 camera improvements

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Android 4.4.1 update released weeks after the Nexus 5 launch to help users get more out of their snapping.

Google has announced Android 4.4.1 an update to Android 4.4 KitKat to address camera issues with the Nexus 5.

Expected to roll out over the next few days, the latest version of Google's mobile operating system should speed up the 8-megapixel camera particularly for autofocusing, adjusting white balance and exposure levels to combat the appearance of motion blur in photos.

Many of the changes will help the Nexus 5’s camera performance in low light conditions, something that most smartphone cameras tend to suffer from.

The HDR mode was something we were generally impressed with in our Nexus 5 review and its ability to compensate for the technical limitations of a phone camera that doesn't offer class-leading image quality.

Google has added a new progress bar for HDR photos and now you can take burst mode-style shots in about 1/3 of a second that can be combined together to produce the best possible results.

Camera improvements aside, it's not clear whether we can expect to see improvements elsewhere.

For those not entirely happy with the Nexus 5‘s snapping prowess, it’s nice to see Google release update just weeks after the Android phone launched in the UK.

Via (TheVerge)

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pikachu

December 6, 2013, 12:45 pm

An update already. I thought Google was "taking a break" and having a KitKat!

Mike Bramley

December 6, 2013, 12:46 pm

Google had better address the major issues introduced with KitKat.
Jelly Bean had my Nexus 4 purring like a kitten, with everything running smoothly and decent battery life. After the KitKat update the battery life has taken a serious hit, some game apps that didn't lag at all now freeze for a couple of seconds, and occasionally the phone just crashes and switches itself off.
I don't understand how Google could have released the KitKat update without thorough testing first. Surely they didn't just test KitKat on the Nexus 5?

David

December 6, 2013, 1:33 pm

I think there's a nearly infinite number of possibilities for phone environments. Your specific combination of applications and phone hardware would be one scenario. I don't think it's fair to hold Google accountable for possible (probable?) third party app misbehavior on KitKat. While I can feel your frustration, I don't think it's fair to blame Google. I know the frustration, I have the abandoned for updates Nexus S ... and have gone through spontaneous phone reboots during phone calls (I?I).

Mike Bramley

December 6, 2013, 2:23 pm

Google must have tested KitKat on the Nexus 4. If so, I cannot believe they did not encounter any problems. The issues I have encountered are not isolated problems - many others have reported similar issues. An OS update should not have been released without the necessary in-depth testing. I am not blaming Google for third party app incompatibility, just for their premature release of an update that has not been tested thoroughly enough.

Mike Bramley

December 7, 2013, 1:45 pm

Oh... I discovered only yesterday that my phone won't charge to 100%.
The highest I can get it is 96%... and that took 10 hours!!
Sort it, Google, or I'll jump ship.

Mike Bramley

December 10, 2013, 11:22 am

And now the phone has crashed, and won't reboot.
Time to jump back on the Apple bandwagon?

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