Android 4.4.1 for Nexus 5 rolling out today, features improved camera

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Just a short while ago the official Nexus Google+ page posted an update stating that the next incremental update to Android 4.4 would be rolling out at some point today. In fact, some of you may have already noticed the update arrive.

With the update comes a handful of camera updates which should improve your image quality:

  • HDR+ lets you to take great shots in challenging environments, say where there’s a large contrast of bright and dark portions of the scene and also in low light situations. When you press the shutter button, instead of taking just one picture, we take a burst of shots in about 1/3 of a second, and apply computational photography to intelligently fuse images together.
  • All of this gets a boost with an update to Android 4.4.1 rolling out today to Nexus 5. It improves the camera with faster focusing, especially in low light, faster white balancing, for truer colors, the ability to pinch-zoom the viewfinder in HDR+ mode and less shutter lag. 

If you spot the update on your device, be sure to let us know.

Via: Nexus on G+

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  • David Metzger

    Haven’t seen anything as of 4:00. I personally didn’t think the camera was all that bad, but I welcome the update. I’m curious to see if the 4.4.1 update fixes any of the other bugs from 4.4.

    • cuatemmade

      What were the other bugs in 4.4 I haven’t really noticed any

      • steveb944

        People have complained about battery, speaker, and high CPU usage on a few apps.

        The only issue I’ve had is face unlock malfunctioning, I hope this fixes it.

      • Doug Baker

        I’ve had trouble with proven apps force closing. And the speaker.

    • Chad D

      My camera is horrible! It takes forever to actually capture the picture and usually comes out blurry

  • Jay

    Where’s the article on tmobile addressing at&t’s new rate plans? Get on it, new admin!!!

    • AndroidProfit

      Have you seen an article somewhere else?

      • Dakota

        Yes.. Do a Google search. T-Mobile has commented on it, predictably not positively. I believe there was a statement from the head if marketing at a minimum.. Andrew Sherrad(?).. BGR is just one site that reported this yesterday

        • thepanttherlady

          As did 9to5Google

  • jbhotnessmon

    Guess Tmo is mum on att new rate plans

  • symsoul

    I wonder if this update will be coming to the Nexus 4 considering how poor that camera is.

    • JBrowne1012

      its not really poor at all I’ve taken great pics with my n4, maybe its not the camera but the operator of that camera

      • Dakota

        Guess every reviewer is a bad operator. Nexus phones haven’t been known for great cameras or speakers

    • lion7718

      Yes, I already have it installed on my N4.

  • AndroidProfit

    The BUTTHURT is STRONG with the David crybabies.


      Hey, I’m hurt too, but that’s funny!

      • AndroidProfit

        David was the news knees BUT he made a decision to SELL the site. Now people are lashing out at Cam.

        • Dakota

          Is this Phone Dog posting? It sounds like it. Readers have a right to make comments. No need to be nasty, but point out stories missed. People came to this site because it was THE place to get accurate T-Mobile news first from a person on Eastern time who used T-Mobile service. Cam is good at what he does, but you can’t do it all from another continent in another time zone. Not to mention, you’re not personally using the network & can’t report on your experiences. He has to have a #2 in the US time zones who uses T-Mobile. That person has to have this blog as their #1 priority. I hope Cam & his bosses can see this as constructive criticism. People are providing specific examples.. Not just ‘hating’. Readers heard about these stories from other blogs & that diminishes the need to check this site first. You’re allowed your opinion just as others are permitted to have theirs

        • philyew

          Actually what impressed me right out of the gate was that Cam was working a US shift to offset his location disadvantage. This was borne out by both the content and timing of an email exchange we shared.

          It would be of some advantage to have service from TM, I guess, but even then it wouldn’t necessarily mean much, if you lived in one or other of the opposite extremes of service coverage. An east coast urban center with tip-top performance, or the boonies with 2G would only tell you so much about the full range of experiences offered by the company.

    • philyew

      I agree there is an agenda going after Cam, but on this occasion he definitely got scooped by the Verge. They reported early this morning that AT&T were going after the TM market with this change, but then ripped the detail for being more appearance than substance. He also missed John Legere taking the opportunity to mock AT&T via Twitter.

      It’s tough keeping the site relevant when there isn’t a lot of first hand action going on, but you can’t afford to miss stuff like that.

      As for the 4.4.1 update, it hasn’t been released for the TM branded Nexus 5 yet.

      • Alex Zapata

        Ummmm, there’s a TMO branded Nexus 5? I know that TMO sells the Nexus 5, but it’s not a branded device as far as I know.

        • philyew

          You are, of course, correct. I meant that my Nexus 5 bought from TM was still reporting that 4.4 was the up to date version late last night, as it is still doing this morning. I’m not sure why that’s the case.

        • Alex Zapata

          It’s probably a batched rollout. Didn’t that happen when 4.4 started hitting devices?

        • philyew

          It must be. I never had a device that was in line for a 4.4 update until the Nexus 5.

          I got 4.3 on my GS3 right before I decided to move on to a new phone. In fact, my dislike of that implementation was partly the reason I rushed to get the N5 from my local TM store rather than waiting on the uncertain delivery from Google, even though it cost more.

  • eneka

    Also fixes the minor stuttering you’d get when you take a picture while recording!

  • sunny

    I see no update and it’s about 10pm here PST

  • Abe_The_Babe

    Still haven’t received my update. This is my first Nexus, do they not all get them on the same day?

    • Dakota

      It may take a day or two.. My GNex wouldn’t get it on the official day.. Sometimes it took up to a week, but it should come.

      • Abe_The_Babe

        Cool, thanks!

    • NinoBr0wn

      Just update it yourself.

  • Dakota

    Can anyone let us know if the camera quality improves since I’m not sure Cam has the phone. Still debating whether to try it as I think the iPhone 6 may get me to try it in 2014. I still can’t believe Google terrible planning.. To have phones on over a month delay during Christmas time is totally unacceptable. Someone should get fired.

    • cubanito151

      When I bought mines it said it would leave in 4-5 weeks but shipped next day and got to me the following day. I’d try if your looking to buy.

      • philyew

        I wish I’d known that last week when I bought mine from TM because Google was showing 2-3 weeks delay before shipping any of their models ;-)

  • bobblehead48

    No OTA update yet for my Nexus 5. I still have 4.4 build number KRT16M.

    I see posts saying 4.4.1 is build number KOT49E.

    • Abe_The_Babe

      Same here, we’ll have to wait, people are saying sometimes it takes a few days.

    • Fr0ntSight

      Same here…Mine still hasn’t updated. Still on KRT16M :( I’m on wifi, plugged in, and manually checked for updates.

  • Fr0ntSight

    As of today still no update for me.

  • bobblehead48

    4.4.2 rolling out now… I never did get 4.4.1. I ASSUME this is all Google and doesn’t have anything to do with TMo since I purchased from Play Store.

  • bobblehead48

    Found my phone saying system update was downloaded and ready to install. Now I have 4.4.2 on my Nexus 5. Figured I should come here and post.

  • Mariano

    I just updated mine 4.4.2. Finally!!!