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Google is bringing its image processing to extreme budget phones with the new Camera Go app

Camera Go offers a portrait mode. (Source; Android)
Camera Go offers a portrait mode. (Source; Android)
Camera quality has been a major pain point for owners of Android Go phones, due to the quality of hardware the phones sport. Computational photography is Google's bread and butter, though, and the newly launched Camera Go app is expected to deliver much-improved camera performance to the extreme budget Android Go devices.
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Yesterday, Google released a new camera app. The app, Camera Go, is designed for phones under the Android Go program to bring better imaging quality to the extreme budget segment.

The Android Go program was created as a way for OEMs to make phones with absolutely minimal hardware specifications and pair it with light, optimized software. The program has played host to a multitude of devices, including the Redmi Go and several Nokia budget offerings.

The Camera Go app offers a simple UI, keeping in line with the Android Go guidelines of minimalism. Interestingly, it also offers a handy portrait mode in addition to regular modes like Photo, Video, and a Translate feature.

While it remains to be seen exactly how this app performs, Google has some of the best computational photography in the industry, and we'd be surprised if the Camera Go fails to offer much better photo quality than the stock camera app on Android Go phones.

The app is launching first for the Nokia 1.3, and will become available for other Android Go phones with time. That may take a while, we believe, as the app will likely have to be tuned for the varying hardware on different Android Go devices.

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Ricci Rox, 2020-03-21 (Update: 2020-03-21)