According to a report from Engadget, Google is apparently in the process of testing an updated version of the Android camera app that includes a revamped UI and few new features. The report claims that the new camera app would include “a background-blurring effect for portrait shots,” as well as high-resolution Photo Sphere and panorama modes, and a lens blur mode that offers a shallower depth of field. There are also apparently fixes in the works for existing issues with the app:

As part of its overhaul, we’re told that Google has finally fixed issues with the default camera’s photo framing, allowing users to snap images with a new 100-percent no-crop viewfinder. That means you’ll see exactly what your Android device will capture before you hit the shutter button, with no unwanted objects creeping in at the edges.

Another big new feature coming in the updated camera app is third-party filters, according to Engadget. “This will allow developers (and Android enthusiasts) to create and import custom effects inside the stock camera app.”

The refreshed camera app is reportedly coming via a standalone app on Google Play allowing any user running Android 4.4 and up access to the new features. No word yet on a timeframe for when the new app might become available. 

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2 Responses to “Report: Google working on standalone Android camera app w/ refreshed UI, third-party filters & more”

  1. randallw says:

    I can believe nothing today…

    • frankman91 says:

      Agreed! The internet fully embraced April Fools Day and now I am lost and have no choice but to accomplish work at work! (Ignoring the fact that at this particular moment I am on a message board and not working).