Google’s latest Nexus smartphone, the Nexus 5, was widely criticized for sporting a decidedly inferior camera, making it a dealbreaker for many looking to purchase one of the best Android smartphones in the market today. Google promised that the Nexus 5’s camera deficiencies were mainly a software issue, and they were working on improving the camera experience. With the latest Android 4.4.1 update, released earlier today for the Nexus 5 and soon to the Nexus 4 and 7 LTE, it appears Google is delivering on that promise.
The 4.4.1 release is primarily aimed at improving the all-round performance of the 8MP camera on the Nexus 5. With the new update installed, the camera not only launches more quickly, but autofocus, white balance and shutter lag has all been significantly improved, while images will also appear with greater colour saturation. The HDR+ mode now also allows for pinch-to-zoom gestures.
As mentioned earlier, two other Nexus devices, namely the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 LTE, will also be receiving the latest Android update. However, given that the update primarily improves on the Nexus 5’s camera, users on the other two devices will only be seeing the usual bug fixes and tweaks.
The OTA update for the Nexus 5 has already been rolled out, with the Nexus 4 and 7 to follow shortly. You can also download the firrmware from the source link below.