Google is reportedly working on an improved camera API for Android which will add support for RAW photos and bring some noticeable changes in the camera features like burst mode and face detection among other. Arstechnica spotted these features mentioned on the Google source code for Android. With the support for RAW images, the default camera API will allow taking images in uncompressed form, and offer better exposure, color reproduction and other camera related settings. Nokia was the first to introduce the support for RAW imaging technology in its Lumia handsets including the Lumia 1520 and Lumia 1020. Also Read - Best casual games for Android in July 2021
The point to notice in the Google source code for Android is that the company had been working on this new camera API for about a year, and could possibly be planning to introduce it on the Android 4.4 KitKat version. But since the code also mentions this update was not ready till October, Google chose to hide this update, which could have otherwise released with the KitKat version.
Camera and related features have become important features these days, with players like Nokia and Apple putting a lot of focus on these features. Android running devices, however, have always lagged on this front. And even though players like Sony and HTC introduced good camera hardware on their devices, a lack of software support had always been a shortcoming for these smartphone vendors. Considering this, Google it seems is finally working on improving the camera API on Android for offering better experience to its users, and thus might soon bring out these changes in the next software update on Android. This updated API will be open for all Android phones, and thus will benefit smartphone vendors as well.