Android 4.4 KitKat gone down about as nicely as its sweet and chocolately name implies, and already, Google is plotting a minor update to its flagship operating system in the form of Android 4.4.1. The reason behind this impromptu release is to improve the performance of the Nexus 5 camera, and as you would imagine, Android 4.4.1 is only specific to the LG-made Google smartphone.
The Nexus smartphone brand has always struggled when it comes to photo-capturing, and although the Nexus 5 offers a vastly improved experience compared with the very antiquated Nexus 4, it has still, in the opinion of many, not quite managed to reach the heights.
The update shows without question that some of the reason behind the Nexus 5’s camera deficiency is to do with software as opposed to hardware. David Burke, Director of Android Engineering at Google, told The Verge recently that the Nexus 5 takes a lot longer to focus than it should, and although the tactical move to delay shutter timing was meant to yield better overall shots, it has rendered the process of taking photos on a Nexus 5 somewhat cumbersome.
But after the Android 4.4.1 update, which will roll out starting today, the issue should be rectified, and a more recognizable shooting experience restored. As well as making in-app tweaks to boost frame rate and reduce the shutter lag, the Camera app itself will also load considerably quicker than ever before, with Google touting that the update will see the app fire up a whole second quicker than it has managed thus far.
Speed will be improved, for sure, but this update will actually bring noticeably better end product. The snaps below, as published by The Verge, show how much clearer and stronger photos are after a simple software update, and shows us once again – if we ever needed reminding – that a strong list of hardware is not the be-all, end-all; especially if the software is not up to scratch.
The Nexus 5 face unlock bug should also be remedied, so those so far uninspired by the handset’s camera should perhaps now reserve judgment until this update has hit the much lauded handset!
If you have a Nexus 5 smartphone, then hang in tight, the update should pop up any minute. Or, you can download the Android 4.4.1 KitKat OTA update for Nexus 5 from this link.