Source code snippets open door for raw photos on Android

Android device owners might be able to take photos in a higher-end raw format in the future, according to details tucked away in the source code for the mobile operating system.

As spotted by Ars Technica, Google programmers have been working on a revised camera interface that exposes new features to Android app programmers. Among the features in the “new camera API” (application programming interface) are support for raw photo formats and burst-mode shooting that can take a rapid sequence of photos.

It’s not clear what the fate of the new interface will be. It was added initially in December 2012, but in October 2013 was marked “do not merge — not yet ready” to keep it out of the current code base.