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HDR+ lets you to take great shots in challenging environments, and all of this gets a boost with an update to Android 4.4.1 rolling out today to Nexus 5. 
 
Picture this: your whole family, reunited for the holidays, in front of a crackling fire. A great image...except if you’re a photographer (in which case, you’d be saying “challenging low light, high contrast...argh!!”). Well, not with HDR+ on Nexus 5, alongside a fresh update to the camera rolling out today with Android 4.1.1. 

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. 

So don’t let a dim room or a warm fire be the grinch that stole your holiday reunion masterpiece: goo.gl/xBXrqi
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So stoked! Will they also fix the speaker? When playing regular videos it sounds fine, but when streaming music it sounds like it's far away. Anyone else? #Nexus5.
 
Most all my shots with HDR have been horrible, normal were better lol
 
Is this an official announcement?
 
Yes Finally ... but there is a little mistake , 4.4.1 instead of 4.1.1 :)
 
Pinch to zoom in HDR+......... Bonus.......
 
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Are the camera updates coming to Nexus 4 (Mako) Yes or No..please answer
 
Just waiting for the sideload factory image ;)
 
+Frank J If this 4.4.1 is strictly addressing the camera issues with the Nexus 5 and no other system fixes then their is no reason to expect this on the Nexus 4.
 
Haha the nexus 5 is going to get jellybean 4.1.1 not 4.4.1. I know it's a supply typo but I like it all the same
 
Ironic or intentional because by 'supply' did you mean 'simple'?  Typo? :)
 
I see they are still using the fake photo in the pic above that cannot be taken with the Nexus 5 lens. 
 
+Dhaiwat Patel I think you can only tell the difference in the equalizer when you have your headphones on, so it doesn't really affect the speaker.
 
When should I start frantically checking for system updates? 
 
Where's my update? I want it now! Waaah.... Seriously, I hope this improves the poor camera performance on the Nexus 5 a lot!
 
+Neil Varillas sorry been spoiled with DSP manager too long, thought it was possible. Google should make something like it. Sound quality is day and night.
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Just the Nexus 5? Not any other Nexus devices?
 
+Ryu Kent Do you have anything to back that statement up? I'm intrigued.
 
I think nexus line is the best mobiles and tabs i had the 1st generation of asus nexus 7 workin pretty well 😯
 
+Android Has RAW support been included in this update?
 
I suppose everybody with a  #nexus5  already knows this, but there's a Hall effect magnetic sensor just above the volume rocker that automates the power on/off function for the LG cover case. 

I just have to find an appropriate magnet to glue on my +Cruzerlite wallet case... 
 
When will 4.4.1 come out for nexus 4? 4.4s been draining my battery but I do admit the focusing on 4.4 is way better than 4.3
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Nexus 5, i want it :)
 
+Kevin Harris That's not true at all, have you read any of the Nexus 5 reviews that talk about the camera? We're all complaining about it.
 
Kind of lame that the nexus 4 can't have HDR+
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Nice. Can't wait to get the update.
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So is HDR+ a mode on the newly updated Nexus 5 camera, or an app? I'm thinking app, because the post says "alongside the updated Nexus 5 camera"
 
does this fix the focusing problems with the Nexus 5 too?
 
LOL. The Nexus line didn't have HDR? Christ, iPhones even had that already, and they're usually behind!
 
+JP Palacio the Nexus line has had HDR for more than a year. this now is HDR+, which is supposed to be an upgrade to that feature. 
 
+Crístian Deives...

 You just dropped the knowledge bomb on mah dome!

Edit: Ok so I tried to look for it, but I can't find the difference between the two. I'm getting a little disappointed.

I mean HDR was on an HTC since 2011, why can't Google get this right.
 
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just checked on my Nexus 5.
As of 5:30pm PT, no system update yet.
 
No update yet here, but what's with all the 'camera issues' solidarity? This thing has a camera that is actually pretty solid. I've gotten some pretty great shots out of it, you just need your subject to not move very much for about 1 second.
 
+Android Anytime I see Nexus 5 and not the Nexus family a little something dies in me.
 
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+Neil Varillas Audio output is terribly low. Embarrassing to release a phone with this low / low quality audio output on numerous apps. E.g. on Google Maps... its good in good conditions... so to speak. But driving in car not able to hear avatar!! Terrible.  I don't have this issue with my iPhone
 
I'm curious to know when my Moto X will receive this update.
 
I want immediately update 4.4 kitkat
 
I hope everyone knows that you can sideload the update lol. I just side loaded 4.4.1 onto my Nexus right now. Right now HUGE improvements over the camera and yes they have fixed the speaker output to make it a little louder. How +Google addressed it was that its not just hardware issue for speakers but software as well so they just increased the output a bit
 
Wow..! photonya cantiiiiiiikkkkkk.....
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Too bad they dropped device support for the Galaxy Nexus! Just picked one up and was hoping for a 4.4 release. :(
 
I just want RAW. I'd rather blend my own images.

HDR+ seems to be a workable solution for most consumers though.
 
seriously what would I have to do from r a free nexus 10. which was in my opinion the greatest android device to date.
 
Hmmmmm.......... and then in January' 14 an update and this app isn't update able, usually my luck wise!
 
When is the sw. distributed to DK? I know the roll out is in progress, but what is the ETA? 
 
Can it make Photoshperes™ in HDR mode?.. It would be a killer-feature... Panoramas are always a "challenging environment, high contrast...argh!!" aka sky/landskape contrast...
 
When it will Samsung s4
 
There is a bug when recording a video and taking pictures at the Sametime which the red botton freezes and doesn't work and taking pictures too please fix that bug on nexus 4
 
LG G2 or Nexus 5, still can't make a decision, someone help 
 
+Juan Meza Nexus 5!
LG G2 is also good but stock rom is terrible
and also it has an antenna (if u use it)
and nexus always gets the first android update by google (unless u plan to flash some other rom)
 
Majud, you just gave everyone your password. 
 


This sucks I open a app it crashes as soon as it opens is this my phone or the sites ???



 
When Samsung Galaxy Grand get 4.4 update... please answer...
 
Hope my phone gets kit kat soon i'm running gingerbread 
 
I think they should push the camera app in the play store and make updates easier 
 
Tests by +François Simond (supercurio) shows this is not really that great. Looks like even after latest update it cant compete to SGS4. 
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That's a great feature for the camera. 
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Need latezt updates for galaxy mini ldpi device

 
Sam I am sorry I got. This phone.I I can't do what I want to do on this thing it jumps every where it ounce to don't now like wright now it will take me an hour to get this to you or more Call me ASAP! Why aren't you answering? do on this one
 
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I don't think this is a good news. People might think that it had been quick repond of Google to inside issues of the firmware. For me, I see by a different perspective that the official launch of kit kat was unstable. And yet it was still rolled out with the Nexus 5. There have been so many of upfates pulishing from version to version. I want to have my phone installed a stable OS. I love Android and now running 2 Nexus devices. But it does not blind me to have this worry.
 
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I have a Nexus 5 Australia, It doesn't show up!. Any tips?
 
Would be useful.... if +Samsung USA  didn't crapify their phones to the point that their camera isn't capable of working with many camera apps (ie... these apps don't have the ability to do HDR because Samsung only lets THEMSELVES change exposures.)  Which makes me fear that when RAW support comes, that Samsung won't do THAT either.

Bye bye Samsung... my next phone likely to be Motorola or a Nexus device (shocking considering how much I like my S3 and I like the Note.)
 
No updates yet here. What's up with that. I actually enjoy HDR+ and use it for every shot...daytime or nighttime
 
OK, 4.4.1 update is installed, some minor improvements in app starting time and low light pic shooting, BUT YOU MANAGED TO RENDER LOW LIGHT VIDEO RECORDING almost useless by fixing the shutter speed so all my low light HD videos are much too dark! Such a powerful phone ruined by bad software ... PLEASE update your cam drivers and cam software to match 2013s standards, that cannot be so hard.... I would even PAY for an APP that let´s me choose shutter speeds, switch IS on/off, select aperture etc....
 
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I have a nexus 5 and haven't gotten the 4.4.1 update yet. I keep checking system/update daily. Any idea why? Thanks.
 
Maybe I'm easily pleased, my nexus 5 takes great photos and now I've got the 4.4.2 update (when I get to WiFi in the morning) I feel like a little kid at Christmas. Go Google nexus 5 is a very good terminal.
 
I have a problem with my Android, I cant download bbm and mxit :(
 
I have a problem with my Android. it says invalid IMEI and i cant do anything. please help.
 
Hi. I'm in the UK and own a Nexus 5. Still had no 4.4.1 update, and just read that 4.4.2 is coming soon. Anything I should be doing to trigger the update, or has it just not come to the UK yet? (My first Nexus bye, love it so far after my gal s2) 
 
My sim is not getting detected post system upgrade...to 4.4.2 :(
 
4.4.2 auto focus shocking at best.  Mostly doesn't work.  Anyone else getting the same?
 
@google: how do you choose the device batches order to roll the update to them? by country? how do you prioritize the devices update? ty!
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I received the 4.4.2 update last night on my Nexus 5. The shutter is much faster (on daylight mostly. In a party environment it's still lazy). The speaker's bass got lowered so now the sound at high volume doesn't get corrupted anymore.
 
I don't know what to do I am I supposed to download HDR um help me out here I don't know what to do I'm having all kinds of problems I'm getting very very confused get back to me let me know what I'm supposed to do but true
 
PLS roll out 4 nexus 7 2013 wifi 32 gb too very fast hdr+ would be xtreme cool!
 
When i will get update on my nexus 5
 
Meu Nexus 4 ainda tá no 4.4 sendo que já saiu o 4.4.2.. Ajuda ae google hahaha
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I just got the 4.4.2 update on my nexus 4 ☺
 
Honestly, I only use HDR+ because it seems it's so much better  for image quality than any other of the modes. Even in a darker setting, in bright settings, everywhere. I just stopped using it with normal settings and the flash never ever fires. You've made the normal camera modes useless for me. lol

The other modes kept giving me washed out colours and blurry photos. Can't wait to see your 4.4.2 update. Installing it today.
 
Must be nice to get the fixed version of kitkat.  Version 4.4 for the Moto X killed the internet connection on my phone with no known fix besides sending it in to get it replaced.  Everything else works but the internet, talk about a buggy operating system.
 
Hello friends my Google nexus 5 is can't download android 4.4.2.
This update is show in my phone's system update.
But my phone can't download the update.

I also connected to WiFi and 3G network.

And error that showing me on my device (waiting to download 54 MB via WiFi only until Dec 17.)
What is a meaning of the sentence that I provide in the brecket.

So what will I do for that ?
 
I am having samsung galaxy grand duos.. when my phone will be getting android kitkat?
 
Android 4.4.2 Nexus 5 camera focusing has NOT improved for me!
 
I have the Samsung Galaxy S3 and I recently updated my phone and I have been looking for every possible way to tell Android how I feel about it ever since. The group texting and other features have been created or improved. But overall, the update is really bad. #teamandroid all day every day but if the updates continue like this Apple will dominate. The phone is much slower now. I took the phone off the charger and in less than an hour, it was at 26%. It takes FOREVER to charge now and the Galaxy command thing (like Siri) has gotten worse. My contacts are all out of whack. And now I have to put in my credit card info to download free apps. I hate hate hate hate hate this update. Please fix it. Please. 
 
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Update this and that..put that energy in getting a real date..where are the mingling people that everyday life..
 
I had that same phone that you have and yea it took forever too charge so I now have apple and it is awsome awsome you should go with apple love that company it's the Best in my book
 
my device is nexus 5 too .good photo 
 
I hopee my galaxy tab 2 7.0 can gets the upgrade to 4.4

 
Its so wonderful wen u found the perfect woman that u can trust with everything u have especially your heart it feels so good thanks emz love u
 
When is the Samsung galaxy s2 having 4.4.1 update please 
 
Have it and loving it! 😁
 
HDR on my 4.4.2 update stoke the cámara... Now, it doesn't work. Only on third-party apps
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