HTC One M9 camera app getting update to match hardware improvements

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As the HTC One M9 starts to hit consumers’ hands tomorrow, we can expect to see lots of examples of how the camera works. One of the knocks that HTC has been subjected to from reviewers who got early access to the HTC One M9 is that the performance of the camera was underwhelming. This criticism had to sting HTC given the change in hardware from their old 4 MP Ultrapixel configuration to the new 20 MP standard camera. HTC hopes to address that via an update to their camera app that will start rolling out over the next week depending on which carrier is involved.
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New specs indicate HTC may change front camera on HTC One M9 Plus

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Amongst the images of the HTC One M9 Plus that have started to float around, showing both the back of the device and the front with a physical home button, Twitter leakster @upleaks has updated the purported specs for the smartphone.

The change that was recently made is with the front camera. Previously, it was thought the device would have a 4MP Ultra Pixel camera. HTC has been moving away from that technology and it appears they have dropped it completely from the HTC One M9 Plus. The front camera is now believed to be a standard 13MP sensor, which is quite impressive itself for a front-facing camera.

source: Upleaks.info

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge get some snappy cameras

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Although Samsung really put a lot into improving the hardware present in their new flagship devices revealed at MWC 2015 today, like many other manufacturers did with their own devices, smartphones are pushing on the limits of the law of diminishing returns. One area where potential still exists though is the cameras and the ability of the devices to capture brilliant images. Samsung took advantage of that with some significant improvements to the cameras in the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge.
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Images of HTC One M9 leak showing new camera port

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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.
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New Manual Camera app taps into new flexibility offered by Android Lollipop

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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.
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Nexus 4, Nexus 9 to miss out on some Android 5.0 Lollipop camera features

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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.
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