Google has confirmed that it indeed is working on adding support for RAW images as well as the burst mode in the Android s latest camera API. Google s spokesperson Gina Scigliano told CNET that “Android’s latest camera HAL (hardware abstraction layer) and framework supports raw and burst-mode photography.” The new camera API is yet not available for use, but the company has said that it will soon be made available for the third party developers to allow them to work on apps with better camera compatibility and features. Also Read - Best casual games for Android in July 2021
Recently Arstechnica had spotted an Android source code for camera which mentioned support for features like RAW images, burst mode and face detection in the API. The update was supposed to be a part of the Android 4.4 KitKat version but was not rolled out as it was not ready in time.
For those on Android, the RAW image support will let the default camera API to take images in uncompressed form. This means much bigger than JPEG images in size, but also better exposure, color reproduction and other camera related settings. With these new features, Google is trying to offer a better camera experience to Android users who have always complained about the lagging camera features in Android. It is clear that Google is taking an aim at Nokia, which was the first vendor to introduce the support for RAW imaging technology in its Lumia handsets including the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1020.
Google has not yet commented on the launch of its new camera API for third-party developers, though Scigliano mentioned that this will be a part of the future release.