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Why Snapchat's Pictures Are Worse Than Other Android Apps

Ever since Android 5.0 Lollipop, apps can have full access to your device's camera hardware using a feature called Camera2 API. This means that they can have manual exposure controls, capture RAW images to do post-processing themselves, and tons of other goodies that can make pictures taken by third-party apps look just as great as they do with Android's stock camera app.

 

But Snapchat doesn't use this awesome feature. Instead, their Android app just asks to look at what your camera sees, then records the results. Compare that to an app like Instagram that actually taps into your camera's hardware to take full-resolution photos using Camera2 API

Why Snapchat Takes Better Pictures on iOS

When you're developing an app for iOS, you really only have to support one device: the iPhone. With only 15 total models ever made, it's easy to make an app that works properly with every Apple phone out there.

Android, on the other hand, is a different story. There are hundreds of unique devices with various hardware components that need to be accounted for, and very few of these are even running the same version of Android. In fact, only 53% of devices have Android Lollipop or higher, so roughly half of the phones out there don't support Camera2 API.

 

So Snapchat's development team apparently decided it didn't want to waste time supporting different Android versions, and instead, took the viewfinder-screenshot approach to make things easier on themselves. This way, one image capture method would work on all Android devices, even though it results in inferior quality.

Since Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and others don't use Camera2 api it largerly impacts the quality of videos, photos, and also when a person tries to go live on any of these social platform it looks as the person is pixelated or has a terrible camera, when in fact the issue has nothing to do with the camera's hardware or software or the operating system or the manufacturer of the phone but rather poor app development  from Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, and others part...

 

 



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