Best camera replacement apps for Android phones and tablets [June 2015]


Last month we went over some of the best available apps for tweaking and editing your camera shots, all of which are solid choices¬†for cleaning up your pictures before sharing them with the world. However, sometimes it’s better to line up the perfectly filtered shot to save yourself the hassle of editing things after the fact, and that’s where this guide comes in.

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Samsung improving exposure control on Galaxy S6 smartphones


When Samsung rolls out the Android 5.1 update to the Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, users will find a new camera feature that should make it a little bit easier to grab a great shot in challenging light conditions. Similar to a feature found in Apple’s camera app on iOS, users will be able to vary the exposure setting dragging their finger on the screen. What will make this extremely useful though is that the adjustment can be made while the user is preparing to take the picture and they will see a live preview on their screen. Read more

Samsung working on camera improvements for Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge


Yesterday TalkAndroid posted some camera shootout results comparing the Samsung Galaxy S6 and the LG G4. While both cameras are able to produce excellent images that are nearly indistinguishable, one of the takeaways was that the LG G4 had more features and flexibility available to users willing to dig into the camera settings. This is because LG decided to enable more features that Google makes available in Lollipop like support for Raw images and specific camera settings like ISO or shutter speed. Sources say Samsung may be working to narrow the gap by adding new features to their camera app as part of an update to Lollipop 5.1.1. Read more

HTC One M9 camera app getting update to match hardware improvements


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. Read more

New specs indicate HTC may change front camera on HTC One M9 Plus


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.


Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge get some snappy cameras


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. Read more