Some images alleged to be the forthcoming HTC One M9 flagship from HTC have surfaced on the web and appear to support rumors suggesting HTC is making a major change to the cameras in its top tier device. The HTC One M8 was generally regarded as a solid contender in the market with one exception – the Ultra Pixel camera technology used for the rear-facing camera. Despite HTC’s marketing efforts to explain why their solution was better, consumers wanted more pixels. For the HTC One M9, it appears HTC is bowing to the pressure and will outfit the smartphone with a 20 MP rear-facing shooter.
When Google released Android Lollipop, one of the benefits was the virtual explosion of new APIs that app developers could tap into to bring new features to users. One of those new APIs is for the camera functions and provides the ability to tap into manual controls for camera hardware that supports the new options. This means Android photographers can get a little bit closer to having their smartphone replicate the features and capabilities of a more traditional DSLR. A new app from GD Software, Manual Camera, is the first one to hit Google Play that appears to take full advantage of the new API and available controls.
As Android device makers continue to work on bringing Android Lollipop to legacy hardware, one of the issues we will see is the inability of older devices to take advantage of all features available in the new operating system. This is a result of some older hardware simply not being capable of supporting newer technologies that did not exist when originally produced. A good example of this is the Nexus 4 and the camera hardware that will not be able to support some features of the new Camera2 API.
Motorola’s Moto X (2014) features one of the best cameras on the market to date, and the Lenovo-owned company has certainly chosen a particularly interesting way to showcase its capabilities. Earlier today, Motorola Mobility took to YouTube to demonstrate to the world just how powerful the handset’s shooter is by flying it around San Francisco attached to a drone. The result is pretty astonishing.
Hit the break below to see for yourself.
Motorola has released updates to Google Play for a couple of their apps – Motorola Gallery and Motorola Camera. Both of the apps received a visual refresh to incorporate Google’s Material Design philosophy into their user interface along with a couple new features.
Now that Android 5.0 Lollipop is out and public, the bugs will pop up. The newest one deals with an issue between the new flashlight toggle in the quick settings, and the camera. Apparently, if you turn on the flashlight in quick settings and leave it on until it times out, you will not be able to use either the flashlight, or the camera until you reboot. This bug has been spotted on the Nexus 5, but it’s unclear whether it’ll pop up on other devices as well.
This will surely be fixed in the next OTA update, but until then, it’s worth noting to remember to turn off the flashlight when you’re done using it.
Source: Android Police
OmniVision has announced two new camera sensors for Android devices that boast some incredibly high megapixel counts. The two modules boast 23.8 megapixel and 21.4 megapixel counts, both of which are much higher than what we typically see on Android devices.
Fortunately, both sensors feature all of the other high end features that we’ve come to expect from flagship devices, including real-time HDR and 4k video recording, although the real-time HDR is exclusively for video capture, not photo stills.
HTC’s Camera app is the company’s latest to appear in the Play Store, following HTC Weather, HTC Lock Screen, and HTC Scribble. Being in the Play Store makes it a ton easier to update the app for Sense 6 devices, as it won’t require an entire firmware update. The EYE Experience will be available for supported devices, however the features you’re able to use will depend on which specific phone you own.
You can check out the full app details via the Play Store link in the source below.
Source: Play Store
As Google prepares to unleash the Nexus 6 on the world, one of the changes we will see with this device is Google’s move to position it against competitor’s flagship devices. Along with more of an effort to load the device up with top of the line hardware, buyers will also pay a higher cost to get the Nexus 6. This means users will be expecting better performance from the smartphone including one feature that has not been a strong suit for the Nexus line, the camera. When Google’s own Matias Duarte decided to post some Halloween jack-o-lantern pics taken with the Nexus 6, we definitely wanted to check them out.
LG certainly made a mark during 2014 with the release of the LG G3, solidly placing it in front of smartphone buyers as a legitimate high-end manufacturer. As the company looks forward to 2015, the bar will be raised. In one area, the camera, LG revealed at the Korea Electronics Show today that it is ready to step up with an improved unit that will include 20.7 MP resolution sensor and an improved optical image stabilization system.
LG Innotek, the group that is producing the new camera hardware, indicates the image stabilization correction angle will increase to 0.7 compared to the 0.5 angle in the LG G3 unit. The larger correction angle means better adjustments can be made for unwanted movement like shaking when users try to capture video or images.
via: G for Games