” Your good camera hardware is going to get better with a future software update from Google”
Google has confirmed that the rumors of RAW file support coming to Android are true, as well as native burst shot for the camera application.
According to Google spokesperson Gina Scigliano, support is already in place at the low level and the next step is to work on an API.
Android’s latest camera HAL (Hardware Abstraction Layer) and framework supports raw and burst-mode photography. We will expose a developer API in a future release to expose more of the HAL functionality.
What does this mean for the user?, it may bring some great possibilities to the table. Support for RAW image files can be used to create professional-style photo’s, by being able to use apps like LightRoom from Adobe.
In addition, burst-mode shooting being built into the firmware will allow the default Android camera app multiple shot image-taking with little fuss.
Besides the way it is used for HDR+ on the Nexus 5, this is something we’ve seen and enjoyed from HTC as part of their ImageSense tech, and having it at the hardware level makes things fast and fluid.
What we don’t know is when to expect any of this, but keep reading our site for updates and watch out for our upcoming Nexus 5 photo feature…