Google started rolling out Android 4.4.1 KitKat for Nexus devices, which addresses Nexus 5 camera issues, improving overall speed and introduces HDR+ mode.
Android 4.4 KitKat still hasn’t arrived on many third-party handsets or devices, which has had plenty of Android users annoyed with the wait. And annoyingly for them, Google today released a newer version of Android OS, KitKat 4.4.1 — especially for the Nexus 5 and other Nexus devices.
The new update addresses an issue with the Nexus 5’s camera, which was criticized by many tech reviewers who have found it slow when focusing in on an object, as well as it requiring plenty lighting just to get an image looking decent.
Google has promised that the update fixes the problem and “improves the camera with faster focusing, especially in low light, faster white balancing, for truer colors, the ability to pinch-zoom the viewfinder in HDR+ mode and less shutter lag”.
It’ll also bring an updated HDR mode, improving the overall speed and adding a few extra features: “HDR+ lets you take great shots in challenging environments, say where there’s a large contrast of bright and dark portions of the scene and also in low light situations.
“When you press the shutter button, instead of taking just one picture, we take a burst of shots in about 1/3 of a second, and apply computational photography to intelligently fuse images together.”
There’s no specific roll out dates so far, which means that it’ll turn up when it does. Anyhow, those other ‘Nexus devices’ that I teased about in the opening paragraph include the Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 – which I know will put a smile on a lot of faces.
Sadly, though, Google has technically failed, because when they originally announced the OS many moons ago (denoting how long the roll out period is taking), they said that it was initially created to work on lower-end models and bring most Android users up to speed, yet people are still waiting to get the update.
The update, Android 4.4.1 KitKat is already available in the U.S. and is about to arrive in other countries where the Nexus 5, Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 are available via OTA (Over-the-Air).