Google officially confirms the rumors, adding RAW files support and burst-mode for Android
The so called HAL is that part of the OS set to handle all communications with the actual hardware
Google wants the same thing you Android users want- a better camera. Now your camera hardware is getting better with the future updates by Google. All the rumors that the company will launch RAW files support to Android appear to be true after today’s official confirmation to Cnet News. The spokesperson of Google Gina Scigliano commented on the raw-photos technology as she announced that the support is now a fact to the hardware abstraction layer of Android. The so called HAL is that part of the OS that is set to handle all communications with the actual hardware of the smart devices. The spokesperson also added that the HAL camera will support RAW and bust-mode and Google promises to launch a developer app programming interface in a future release in order to expose more of its functions. For those who aren’t familiar with the term, this means that API enables programmers to optimally use their own software’s abilities. For end users, the photo editing applications will simply get way more powerful.
We recently announced that Google featured RAW files and burst-mode in their Google Nexus 5 due to the advanced HDR+ mode which captures multiple images into one single high dynamic photo with contrast and vivid colours. Nexus 5 users already know the advantages of HDR+ and their high-level camera performance so it’s good to know that Google is trying to make it even better as well as giving other Android users a change to experience some real high-dynamics and near professional photography.
As for the apps using the new camera API feature, however, there’s still no word about when will Google deliver it. The exact words of the spokesperson were that they’re working on this software update ‘that will be available shortly.’ Unfortunately, she didn’t shed more light about the upcoming updates, but at least we know we’ll get the better camera we want in the near future. Stay tuned for more information.
Source: CNet News