Google unveiled two new Nexus phablets just a few days ago. One of the new Nexus smartphones is the Nexus 6P, which is made in collaboration with Chinese phone giant Huawei. Google was quick to highlight the Nexus 6P’s features, especially its enhanced camera. However, many industry watchers and casual mobile users alike bemoaned the lack of optical image stabilization (OIS), which can come really handy in minimizing blurry pictures or shaky video footage, courtesy of people who use the device’s camera with shaky hands. But Google is promising to introduce improvements to the Nexus 6P’s video features soon.
Via a question and answer session at Reddit held a couple of days ago, Dave Burke, the vice president of Google engineering, stated that a software tweak is coming for the Huawei’s Nexus 6P smartphone. It should be noted that the Nexus 6P already comes with another camera tech called electronic image stabilization (EIS), which can reduce camera problems by processing video while it is being taken. Burke says that Google is still intent on further improving the processing algorithm of the handset’s EIS feature.
A big reason why mobile users love their smartphones is because they can document their lives through pictures and videos, and then share them to their family and friends. People around the world upload over 400 hours of video content to YouTube per minute, with Facebook also continuously expanding its current library of videos. Having said that, the camera in one’s device has essentially become a significant tool in this age of the Internet and social media.
As for image stabilization, it has become something cool that handsets could use, especially those that want their cameras to be taken seriously. DxO Labs, a camera consultancy and tech company, gave the Nexus 6P high scores for its camera features, but criticized the device’s lack of image stabilization.
In the Reddit Q&A, Burke (together with Android leader Hiroshi Lockheimer) also shed light on some other concerns related to the Nexus 6P and the Nexus 5X (made by LG):
Wireless charging -- the new Nexus device no longer support this because they now have the reversible USB Type C charging port
Display screen -- the Nexus 6P’s 2,560 by 1,440 pixel resolution display screen is actually built by Samsung through its newest manufacturing process
Slow motion video -- The main camera’s image sensor used on the new Nexus devices is the Exmor R IMX377 by Sony, which can capture 240 frames per second (fps) for the Nexus 6P and 120 fps for the Nexus 5X
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