CyanogenMod project has been teasing something called Nemesis for the past few days. Now we know exactly what they were hinting at. Nemesis is an initiative to tackle the biggest problems areas or the weak spots of the CyanogenMod ROM.
To kick things off, CM team is focusing on the camera app. While the smartphone camera UI has experienced radical improvements over the past couple of years, unofficial ROMs haven’t really managed to keep pace. To remedy things, CyanogenMod project is developing a brand new camera app called Focal.
Focal builds upon the work that Google has done in the Jelly Bean camera UI. Judging from the screenshots published by Android Police, on the surface Focal seems to be similar to the stock camera UI. However, the differences become apparent as soon as you dig deeper. Focal retains the best parts of the stock app including Photospheres (Picsphere) and Panoramas. On top of that it adds a bunch of new scene modes, flash settings, picture effects, and more. The biggest selling point of Focal are:
Widget Chooser: This feature allows you to customize which features are listed in the options bar. Make life simpler by getting rid of features you never use.
Auto-enhancement: When this feature is enabled it will automatically apply post-processing on the picture to enhance it.
Exposure Ring: A novel feature, which when enabled adds a second ring (besides the focus ring) to the interface. Just drag the ring to various areas of the screen and exposure settings will be automatically adjusted. If you drag it to a dark spot the entire snap will be made brighter, while the reverse will happen if you drag it to a bright spot.
Focal is scheduled to be merged with CM nightlies by this weekend. However, it’s only the first phase of what’s expected to be a significant revamp of CyanogenMod apps and features.