Android’s upcoming camera API includes RAW support

Android owners will soon have a reason to smile when taking selfies with the news that a brand-spanking new camera API should arrive in the near future and could support Camera RAW.

The camera API, which was originally thought to be debuting with Android 4.4 KitKat, is called “Android.hardware.photography” according to ArsTechnica, and includes a number of new features.

“Full-capability devices allow for per-frame control of capture hardware and post-processing parameters at high frame rates. They also provide output data at high resolution in uncompressed formats, in addition to compressed JPEG output,” stated a description obtained by ArsTechnica.

Camera RAW could be part of a move by Google to build a powerful photo editor into both Android and Google+ at some point in the future, and it would follow the Nokia Lumia 1520 as having camera RAW as one of its features.

Burst mode is another feature that Android will build into the new API with the quirkiest new feature a removable camera, which has never been included in an Android device of any kind in the past.

Face detection is also now on board with the screen placing boxes around faces and centre coordinates for the eyes and mouth, and whilst some may recognise this and burst mode from past Android devices, it’s the first time Google has implemented it as a native feature of the camera app.

Many had hoped that the new API would be included in the Google Nexus 5 and Android 4.4 KitKat that were both released at the end of last month with most of the complaints about the new device concerning its camera capabilities.

The new API has been in development since December 2012 and was eventually ruled out of KitKat on 11 October, which was a little under a month before it was released by Google.