Some Nexus 5X image previews look upside down. Here's why

Don't shudder the next time you find an image preview on your Nexus 5X upside down. It only means your camera app hasn't been updated in a while.

While reviewing the Nexus 5X, we felt a bit let down since its 12MP rear camera doesn't have an Optical Image Stabilization feature, nor is there any beautification tool in the front camera. The latest on the list is the fact that some camera apps display image previews that are upside down.

While this could have been the last straw for those who buy smartphones for their cameras, a Google engineer has sought to douse the fire on Reddit.

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"Image sensors on a compliant Android device can be mounted in one of two ways. Most devices use one way, so a lot of camera apps have never been tested on devices that pick the other way." said Eino-Ville Talvala, the engineer in question.

"Far fewer apps support the front-facing camera than the back-facing one, so it was less of an issue than it is for Nexus 5X, he added.

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Basically, popular apps like Flickr and Instagram can read Google's  "reverse landscape" orientation but there are still many camera apps which aren't tuned to it as yet, thus the upside down display. Google is currently asking users to let app developers know if their apps can't read the new orientation of image sensors in the Nexus 5X. We're sure that in due course Google and LG will be able to resolve the issue by interacting with app developers directly.

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