Manual exposure control is coming back to Google’s Camera app


In the earlier developer previews of the upcoming latest version of Google’s mobile operating system, Android 7.0 Nougat, the Camera app gave users the ability to manually adjust exposure levels for the pictures they will take.The feature is not a particularly groundbreaking one, as there are many manufacturer skins and third-party camera apps for Android that offer manual exposure controls. However, having the option in the stock Camera app of Android 7.0 Nougat now makes the feature more accessible to users.Google, however, took out manual exposure controls in the later preview builds of Android 7.0 Nougat, which was a shame as it was a good update for the Camera app.Thankfully, Google decided that it will bring back the feature to the Camera app in an upcoming version, according to an exclusive report by Android Police.The report suggested that the updated Camera app, which will include the manual exposure controls, might be rolled out along with the public release of Android 7.0 Nougat.The controls will see some changes compared with what was previously seen in the developer preview builds though. Instead of activating the feature through a toggle, the controls will appear when the user taps the smartphone’s screen to bring up the auto-focus feature. Also, instead of the -2, -1, 0, 1, 2 steps in the previous version of the controls, a marker will now be shown, which users can slide up and down to make the exposure adjustments to their liking.The manual exposure controls coming to Google’s Camera app will give users more control over how the pictures they take turn out. With the new feature, some users may no longer need to install third-party apps and instead rely on the stock Camera app once Android 7.0 Nougat rolls out.According to Evan Blass, a reliable source and owner of the evleaks Twitter account, Google will release Android 7.0 Nougat within August. In addition, Blass said that the Nexus 5 will not receive an Android 7.0 Nougat update.An Android 7.0 Nougat release this month brings up the possibility that Google’s next Nexus smartphones could be released sooner than the expected release date of September and October. Google has usually launched a major version of Android alongside new Nexus devices, and for this year, HTC is said to be the manufacturer that will produce both planned Nexus devices, including the 5.5-inch Nexus Marlin, which has had its renders leaked recently.


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