Rumor has it that Google is working on a brand new camera app for Android smartphones. The user interface is expected to receive a total overhaul, and the company may also add several new features to the app as well. Some of the new features Android camera app is expected to receive include the ability to selectively defocus background in portrait shots, support for third-party filters and improved Photo Sphere and Panorama performance.

Apparently the new app won’t be bundled with an Android OS update. Google might release it as a standalone update, which would be available through the Google Play Store. Since its expected to open up the app for third-party filters, it could mean that developers will be allowed to create custom effects which users would have the ability download and add to the camera application.

Improvements to Photo Sphere and Panorama will result in better resolution for images captured through the new application, reports Engadget. The app’s enhanced focus features are said to resemble similar features found in Nokia’s Refocus application, though that particular app is aided by special camera hardware usually not found on most Android devices.

It isn’t known as of now when Google intends to release the update for its stock camera application. The company hasn’t commented on this report, so we’ll have to wait for official word. In the meantime we’ll keep our eyes peeled.

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