HTC One Camera Problem Fix Failed on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean; 8 Tweaks to Prevent Purple Hue
By Ryan Inoyori | January 9, 2014 2:33 PM EST
HTC One purple camera problem wasn't fixed on the official Android 4.3 Jelly bean which was plaguing owners with firmware version 4.1 or 4.2 and expected to be solved with Android 4.4 KitKat. As you wait for the release by late January or early February, here are 8 tweaks you can do to fix it.
Android 4.4 for HTC One Sense
HTC One Developer and Google Play editions have received the latest Android 4.4 KitKat firmware while HTC One Sense variant owners must wait till late January or early February to get the official update. French network carrier SFR plans to finish the validation process of the upcoming upgrade later this month with rollout schedule on February.
Most common detail regarding the Android 4.4 KitKat update is the new HTC Sense UI that improves various system functionality such as user interface, BlinkFeed, gallery, sharing and camera app.
However, no information has been revealed if it will fix the 'purple' effect on the camera which has been reported on the HTC One Sense variant. It was believed that the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean delivered the bug fix and unfortunately, it is still happening to some users of the smartphone.
Purple Camera Effect
It is an unusual camera error found on a flagship smartphone which was reported that cause images to be tinted with blue, purple or even red during captures under low-light conditions. According to HTC, a bug fix is included on the official Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update but owners who were suffering before are still affected by it even with an updated OS version.
Android 4.4 KitKat is the expected upcoming firmware with probability to fix the said camera issue as HTC will update the Sense UI that affects almost every native app inside the smartphone. The purple hue issue is not exclusive to a specific region or country and can be found in the United States and Asian variants of HTC One.
Avoiding camera shoots under low-light conditions is one way to prevent getting the unwanted colour hue, however, it is minimises the power provided by HTC on the 'ultrapixel' camera.
There are some ideas which could temporarily fix the problem and avoid the purple hue effect after every capture by just doing some tweaks on the camera app.
1. Setting saturation and exposure level to -1
2. If saturation level -1 is too much for the photo, set it to -0.5
3. Combination of saturation -2 and contrast +2
4. Trade purple hint to white by setting saturation -2 and contrast 0
5. Avoid setting saturation +2 to prevent red hue
6. Set the ISO mode level to 100
7. If the ISO mode level brings pinkish hue, set the saturation level to -2 while retaining ISO 100
8. Before using the camera, make sure that the device is not too hot as some reports reveal that the red or purple hue goes worse with higher temperature.
Hopefully, HTC's upcoming Android 4.4 or 4.4.2 KitKat version for HTC One Sense variant will deliver the ultimate and final fix on one of the greatest camera problems known on flagship smartphone.
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