Android's Upcoming Camera App Might Choose Your Best Shot Automatically

By Chris Mills on at

The latest incremental update for Android’s Camera app, version 2.5 is out, and according to Android Police, the most exciting stuff is hidden under the hood: a burst-fire mode that automatically finds the best image.

According to a (non-conclusive) teardown of the app’s code, the 2.5 update is paving the way for a feature called ‘Smart Burst’. It looks like it will allow you to take burst-fire photos of a scene. But that’s not the magic part, since that comes baked in with every decent smartphone these days. The phone will analyse the photos, based on a list of criteria like the number of faces, eyes open and sharpness. The user will then get a shortlist of the best frames, presumably to save or spam all over Facebook.

Not only would this be a handy feature, especially for group shots (ever tried to get 20 people to look at a camera and not blink?) but it makes total sense. Google has been showing off its image processing and analysing chops for years, first with Google+ features like Auto-Awesome, and more recently with the crazy-good search in the new Photos app. A smart burst feature backed up with Google’s extensive image smarts is completely logical, and could just make your drunken nights out a little less blurry. [Android Police]