Google will allow third-party Android applications to take quality photos

Pictures taken through Instagram using Android invariably turn out to be worse than if you upload a photo taken with a regular app. This is because, developers can only use three camera functions: photography, video recording, and flash activation. All other features, including zoom, the use of post-processing algorithms and much more, are inaccessible. However, Google decided that now the camera has become the main feature of any smartphone, it would be wrong to limit its use.

Wondering why Instagram takes such bad pictures? We have an answer to this question
Wondering why Instagram takes such bad pictures? We have an answer to this question.

Google plans to expand CameraX, which is responsible for providing third-party application access to the camera. This will provide different lenses, change the resolution of photo and video and apply advanced add-ons like night mode, HDR +, portrait mode, and so on. This means applications such as Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook, where there is built-in shooting, will be able to produce better photos and videos. But that’s not all.


Camera Apps for Android

In Android there are a large number of applications for photographing from independent developers offering additional features, but they are also often denied access to some of the standard settings. Because of this, almost perfect programs that allow you to adjust shutter speed, aperture ratio, and other features, are unable to shoot slow-motion video or activate the ToF sensor, which is responsible for recognizing three-dimensional objects and providing a more natural and effective bokeh effect in portrait images.

It turns out that it’s quite possible to improve the quality of shooting in third-party Android applications
It turns out that it’s quite possible to improve the quality of shooting in third-party Android applications

Why can’t third-party developers add the missing features to the applications themselves? Because this requires work and takes time. Suppose Instagram developers can add the ability to activate shooting on an ultra-wide-angle lens or support for portrait mode. But would it be worth it? Often, users select a photo for publication from the available ones and don’t take one to send right away to their feed. So it’s most likely most will prefer to use the regular camera and ignore Instagram’s advanced camera features.


How to shoot in 4K on Samsung

Now, there is a small snag. Some manufacturers deliberately limit independent developers to have access to regular smartphone functions. This is the case, for example, with Samsung, which don’t allow third-party camera applications to shoot in 4K at 60 frames per second, reducing the frame rate by half. As a result, no matter what cool application you use for shooting, you won’t get a video of the same quality. Google has to convince manufacturers to abandon their principles, otherwise, there won’t be much sense to use the new feature.

However, it’s important to understand this whole story is about expanding application capabilities on specific smartphones. That is, Instagram, Facebook, and other services will be able to use the Night Shift mode on the Google Pixel, but it won’t be available for other smartphones, where it’s not available by default. This is a very interesting approach, where on the one hand, it will make the use of Android smartphones more convenient, and on the other it won’t make it possible to equalize device capabilities from different manufacturers, which differ from each other radically in different approaches to creating standard software.

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