Google Android camera improvements rumored: framing, filters, bokeh

Smartphones are like sharks: if they don’t keep moving, they die. Manufacturers are always looking for the next thing to improve, and lately a lot of them have been turning their attention to cameras. That’s led to innovative designs, and most recently the new HTC One M8’s dual camera arrangement. Hardware is very much key to this evolution, but software plays an extremely important role, as well. Today we hear a little about what could be next for Android camera software, with rumors about a number of changes coming to Google’s stock Android camera.

Sadly, we don’t have any pictures of this new app just yet, but sources have reported on quite a few of the changes we should be looking to expect. Those include a new UI, greatly improved framing, and support for third-party effect plug-ins. We could also get some kind of selective blurring mode, attempting to emulate the sort of focus tricks the One M8 pulls off, and improvements to panoramas and Photo Sphere.

While we’ve been tracking progress on Android 4.4.3 recently, this updated camera may not arrive as a component of an Android update itself, but could be available as a separate app update, greatly speeding distribution. What we haven’t heard, though, is any sort of ETA, so we can’t say if these changes are weeks away, or more like months.

Source: Engadget

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