Code found in the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) has revealed that Google has been working on advanced camera features for Android.
Google’s Nexus smartphones, despite being pretty sound when it comes to hardware specs, have always been lacking when it comes to the camera’s image quality; meanwhile, the stock Android camera app is pretty devoid of features as well, compared to those found in manufacturer versions of the OS. However, both of these aspects could change when the next update to Android arrives.
Code in the AOSP has revealed that Google has been working on a new camera API for Android – the search giant has been building in support for burst shot and improved face detection, but what’s most interesting is that support for shooting RAW images is in development as well, which should be good news for those looking for more control over the images shot by their phone’s camera (though this doesn’t guarantee improved image quality for usual camera shots, unless Google has been working on improving the software on that front as well). There’s even support for removable cameras, though the code doesn’t give us any info on how that will work.
The Nexus 5 camera has been found to be quite rather capable when compared to older Nexus devices, so maybe the foundation is already laid in Android 4.4 KitKat, though the camera API wasn’t ready to be released with KitKat, according to a note in the relevant code. But here’s hoping Google finishes work on the new API before the next major Android update, and Googler Vic Gundotra’s statement about making “insanely great cameras” becomes a reality in the near future.