We reported recently that Google might be releasing Android 4.4.1 KitKat soon, and it appears that the update is going to be rolled out over the next few days. This was confirmed today by David Burke, director of engineering for Android at Google to The Verge. He says that the update is going to bring a number of changes for the camera on Nexus 5, while the camera on Google’s latest smartphone doesn’t have any major issues, several quirks have irked users. It is with this update that the quirks will finally be taken care of.
Burke says that the team made shutter time longer on the Nexus 5 camera app to reduce the gain even longer, this was done to produce high-quality images. However, this resulted into slow image capturing speeds, which irked users. This is going to be fixed with Android 4.4.1. Moreover, the camera app will launch a second faster than before, a major speed improvement. A progress indicator will be added to HDR+ mode to make it easier for users to manage the High-Dynamic Range mode. The Nexus 5 face unlocked bug will also be fixed through this update, facial recognition often crashed the app which resulted in the device being restarted. Photo quality is going to be increased after the update too, as evident by the sample image posted above.
Update: Google has released the stock image of Android 4.4.1 for Nexus. You can download the ZIP file from Google now.
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