The Android KitKat roll-out may have progressed a little slower than many users would have liked, yet an update has been released for the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system already. Android 4.4.1 seems to be primarily targeted at the Nexus 5, with improvements made to the device’s camera performance.
The Nexus 5’s camera should now be faster when it comes to a variety of operations. Android KitKat 4.4.1 brings reduced shutter lag and quicker white balancing. Focusing is faster too, particularly when taking photos in low light conditions.
There are also improvements to the Nexus 5’s HDR+ mode. The purpose of this feature is to take great images in high contrast conditions, as well as improving photos in low light situations.
The HDR+ mode works by taking a burst of photos in around a third of a second. Nothing especially unusual there, but unlike other similar systems, rather than attempting to select the best photo, the images are combined together.
Whilst there was a lot of initial excitement about HDR+, it has largely failed to justify the hype. Google are hoping that the update to Android KitKat 4.4.1 will put this right and help the Nexus 5’s camera become the envy of rivals.