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Report: Google to release update to improve Android camera app

It’s been reported by Engadget that Google is working on a new and improved camera app for Android-powered smartphones. Sources tell Engadget that Google plans include overhauling the user interface and a host of new features for cameras on Android devices. Instead of being part of general Android operating system update the update will reportedly come via a standalone update to the app itself.

One of the new features of this reported update is Google opening up the app to support third-party filters. This will allow for a greater range of filters many enjoy using, especially for social sharing platforms such as Instagram and Snapchat. Other new features are rumored to be the ability to selectively defocus the background on portrait shots and better Panorama and Photo Sphere capture. These features are also said to offer higher quality pictures to be captured by the updated camera.

With these updates Google seems to be going towards a camera with features normally found on the new Nokia Lumia Icon and HTC One (M8). The update would also help Google push the mobile version of Google+, their social media platform. While there is no announced date for the release of this update, or official word of what these new features will be included, it will interesting to see what Google has in store for Android-powered smartphones.

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Source: Engadget