With the new version of the Android operating system, Android 12, the quality of videos and photos taken through third-party applications such as Instagram will improve.
Google recently announced a significant change to its camera API with its version of Android 12 DP3. Thus, with Android 12, the first signals were given that a restriction that both Android users and app developers suffer from will disappear.
Although Android phone manufacturers feature good camera features on their devices, third-party apps like Instagram have limited access to them. Because Google doesn’t allow anyone but device manufacturers access to Android’s camera library, third-party apps can’t use software features like HDR, portrait, and night mode that manufacturers have added to cameras.
This will end with the update to the Camera2 API on Android 12. This will make it easier for app developers to access the camera, and third-party apps will be able to take advantage of all the camera’s features. However, device manufacturers also need to support this. If it goes well, it is possible to say that the quality gap between photos taken from android phones’ camera app and photos taken through third-party applications such as Instagram will narrow.
Android 12 will be announced at the Google I/O 2021 event on May 18. The final version is expected to be released in September.