Cast your minds back to February this year, and you might recall the frankly laughable promise from Google's Senior VP of Engineering, Vic Gundotra; it went a little something like this: “We are committed to making Nexus phones [with] insanely great cameras. Just you wait and see.”
Well, we waited, we saw, but the Google Nexus 5 and its camera do little anyone would class as “insanely great”. Turns out KitKat Android 4.4 almost introduced a handful of new camera features; alas, the API ain’t quite ready.
Work on the new Android camera API seemingly started way back in December 2012 (which goes some way to explaining Vic Gundotra's promise), but it was marked “Not yet ready” around a month prior to the release of KitKat Android 4.4.
What are we missing out on? The headline features appear to be an Android burst mode (as recently introduced by iOS 7), Nokia Lumia 1520-esque support for RAW images, which are generally much larger than bog standard JPEGs, and face detection.
Most bizarre, however, is support for… a removable camera? The jury’s still out on that particular feature i.e. it mightn’t necessarily be user-removable. Or something.
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