Google’s camera app for Android is mediocre at best but that may change soon. Engadget reports that Google is working on an update for the camera app that will provide new features and a better experience.
One of the upcoming features is background-blurring for portrait shots. This simulates a shallow depth of field of professional photographs. Shallow depth of field helps to focus a viewer’s eye on a subject in focus instead of details in the background.
The viewfinder for the Android camera app is also being fixed. Currently, the camera app for Android does not show a one-to-one representation of what you’re looking at to what you’re photographing. The update provides an uncropped view so you know exactly how your photo will look after taking the shot.
Google will also open up the camera app to developers. This mean the app can support third-party filters and effects.
As with Google’s other first-party apps, the camera can be updated independently from Android. This means you won’t have to wait for the latest version of Android to get the updated camera. Still, you have to be running Android 4.4 or higher to see the new features.
There’s no word about when we can expect the update to roll out.