Google shoots for better portraits with upcoming Android update

Camera update will come independent of KitKat too

While Google holds the advantage in the smartphone arena where flexibility is concerned, Android cameras usually get a bad rep next to Nokia's Lumia series and even Apple's iPhone.

But we can credit the big G for trying, because a hefty camera update is in the works, which we mentioned a while back.

Engadget says they're currently testing a new camera app with a new UI, as well as some nifty effects including better panorama shots and background-blurring. There'll also be some tweaks to the viewfinder where the default camera will frame pictures better without undesired items getting into your frame.

An exciting development is that Google might even open up support for third-party filters and some tweaks to portrait mode, including a lens-blur effect.

Move aside, iPhones

What's interesting is that instead of just releasing the camera tweaks with the next Android 4.4.3 update, Google's releasing the camera tweaks separately. This is good news, as it gives some hope to non Google-stock phones to enjoy a better Android picture-taking experience. Some Android models aren't even on Kit Kat yet, after all.

Our last story about the camera tweaks said the coming update will also see burst mode shooting, face detection and, RAW capture. The latter feature isn't something you'll find on a smartphone as yet, so it could be interesting. But seeing how large RAW images are, it's doubtful people are going to start going to utilise the format much when snapping photos.

For a refresher on what the next Android update will bring, check our KitKat review.

[Source: Engadget]

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