If they use Camera2 API or CameraX
There’s one long-standing Android pain point: The camera experience in third-party apps isn’t usually as good as the built-in camera app. As for social media, that can suck. The Camera 2 API was developed to help plug that gap, although some developers and manufacturers are concerned about doing it the “right” way to improve things. In Google’s “What’s New in Android” talk, the company highlighted changes in Android 13 that add support for HDR video capture for third-party apps via the Camera 2 API.
The new support, first and partially documented by Esper.io’s Mishal Rahman, works through the Camera2 API in Android 13 and up. Backporting the CameraX library, a feature for developers using Jetpack. that Needed That means both new and old devices can take advantage of it if they have the hardware and pipeline to support it. Some formats/profiles are required for support, with the minimum being HLG10. It will also work with both front and rear cameras.
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On top of that, Android 13’s API is also adding support for preview stabilization and jitter reduction, so the view you see through the camera app’s viewfinder is less jaunty and more realistic for results with higher framerate corrections. Correct. Based on context, it looks like it’s also coming to older devices via the CameraX library, but we’ve contacted Google to confirm that and other details apparently.
As touched upon, the Camera 2 API and CameraX library have long promised to improve the camera experience in third-party apps, but some manufacturers don’t care to make their devices fully compatible with it. , and that fragmentation means that developers are not encouraged to target it, messing everything up. While it doesn’t fix that internal problem, Google is also considering providing its own “extensions” for camera features and effects in CameraX when manufacturers don’t provide them, and a very Among them, including Google, no. It’s a small step that could help in some cases, bridging the gap until more manufacturers can be forced to care. The Bokeh effect extension provided by Google is coming later this year.
More information about these changes should come in tomorrow’s “What’s new in Android Camera” session, and we’ll update our coverage if there are any big takeaways.
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