Android 4.4.1 brings photography fixes to the Nexus 5


posted Friday, December 6, 2013 at 2:05 PM EST


Google has just pushed out an updated version of Android for the Nexus 5, fixing a number of problems with the camera system on the flagship device. Android 4.4.1 is now available to download, and it should patch complaints such as slow shutter speeds in good light, and sluggish autofocus, amongst others.

The official word is:

All of this gets a boost with an update to Android 4.4.1 rolling out today to Nexus 5. It improves the camera with faster focusing, especially in low light, faster white balancing, for truer colors, the ability to pinch-zoom the viewfinder in HDR+ mode and less shutter lag.

According to the Verge, the camera on what is otherwise seen as an excellent device is "buggy" and "inconsistent". The fix should help with that, primarily by boosting the speed at which it focuses, reads exposure and white balances. The app apparently also launches faster, and the HDR+ tool now has a progress indicator. The Verge is also reporting their photos have brighter colors and more contrast after the update.

It's good to see Google rolling out such a critical update, and one that should make one of the better smartphones on the market that much more capable when it comes to photography. If any of our readers are Nexus 5 users, let us know what you think about the update in the comments — is the speed boost impressive? Are your photos coming out any better?

(via Engadget)