Camera apps in Android: Samsung Galaxy trumps Google Pixel

So that every manufacturer does not invent their own interfaces and a certain standard is specified for Android, Google makes a few “regulations”. However, Samsung shows again how to put this into practice.

There are various interfaces for camera apps that ensure a consistent standard. This makes it possible for features from the manufacturer’s camera apps to be used without any problems in third-party apps such as Snapchat. Google gives developers and OEMs some tools here, but uses them poorly themselves.

Google fails to be a role model for other Android manufacturers

The topic has come up in the past few days because you can use various apps to check which of the standards the manufacturers adhere to. Google cuts a very bad figure here. The better figure is actually once again Samsung. Camera2 and CameraX libraries are provided by Google, but are addressed extremely incompletely with Google Pixel.

Google Pixel again behind: Samsung delivers long updates and sticks to standards

With these interfaces, bokeh, HDR and similar functions can be provided as extensions for third-party apps. What Google is probably not really in the mood for, although they have been working closely with Snapchat for extra features for years. Samsung is very exemplary here and makes Google of all things look rather old. Not for the first time.

Camera quality dependent on these features

With these libraries, it is theoretically possible for a photo from the WhatsApp camera to look just as good as from the smartphone’s original camera app. This means that consistent services can be provided from which the user benefits. But it is not just since today that we have known that manufacturers and app developers accept this rather poorly. Google should actually be better positioned here with its Pixel series.

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