One of the Android’s negative aspects is the camera. Android enthusiasts are anticipating that Android N would solve the camera exposure problems. While other flagship devices that are Android powered, such as Samsung Galaxy S7 and HTC 10, come with gratuitous features in the camera apps, Nexus devices lack it.
Google’s Nexus devices have no white balance adjustments, shutter speed corrections or different filters. Another option of the exposure setting is also missing in this device. This makes Android-powered Nexus devices incomparable with iOS devices or iPhones.
Following the advancement in Dev Preview 2 and 3, Android N may retain the exposure settings. A Manual Exposure toggle was found under ‘Advanced’ in settings in Pixel C, powered by Dev Preview 2. In Dev Preview 3, the exposure settings were transferred to the Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P. However, the Nexus 6 powered by Android Marshmallow failed to have the exposure setting also found in Nexus 5.
The exposure toggle is essential as it enables a user to tweak the brightness while taking a photo. Android Police argues that Nexus devices are not about manual exposure but more like exposure compensation. They say the five levels of a camera in Nexus devices work as expected but the image gets darker in negative figures and brighter in positive figures.
Google has been working on improving features in the camera as Nexus devices with Cody’s camera v3.2 now include options to shoot in RAW and JPEG.
Together with the Cody’s camera v3.2 teardown that includes upcoming options to shoot in RAW+JPEG, this might mean Google is working on ramping up the features in the camera. Android N would probably have it. Fans are expecting that the upcoming Android N Dev Previews would soon have exposure settings and add to the Camera app in the Play Store. Until then, we will have to manage with one of the multiple ‘camera pro’ apps in the device.