As Google’s official announcement of Android One smartphones in India starts to sink in, more details about the three devices unveiled today are beginning to surface. The devices initially revealed for the Android One program include units from Spice, Karbonn and Micromax. Consistent with the Android One minimum specificiations, all of the devices have 4GB of internal storage space which can be expanded with a microSD card. A review of the Spice and Karbonn smartphones reveals a microSD card is required for users to access their camera, download content or take screenshots.
Point and shoot cameras have slowly fallen to the wayside thanks to the rising popularity of smartphones, so manufacturers have had to take a different approach to keeping their camera businesses alive. Many companies, like Samsung, have pursued “smart” camera options that run Android, allowing users to take pictures with decent camera specs and quickly get their photos on Facebook and Instagram.
With the release of the new Motorola Moto X 2014, Motorola seems to be trying to narrow the gap a bit between the specs for their flagship device and those from other companies. Motorola has insisted in the past that consumers should look beyond the specs to actual features and functionality, especially things like Moto Display that change the way the device is used. In some areas though, hardware is hardware and skimping on it can create problems. Motorola may have learned that lesson with the camera in last year’s Moto X and has tried to step up with something a little better for the latest version of the Moto X.
Sony seems to have latched on to the concept of smartphones being used for selfies and sees it as a way to market devices. Last week we saw Sony move to start selling their “selfie-centric” Sony Xperia C3 smartphone in Russia. We also saw a bizarre looking device that had the distinct appearance of a perfume bottle that we eventually determined was a camera. That device turns out to be the Sony DSC-KW1 and it is a real thing.
Automattic, the company behind the creation of WordPress, has added an app to the Play Store called “Selfies.”
The app does pretty much what you’d expect it to. Nothing too fancy, but its simplicity might be its strength.
“Selfies” lets users take selfies, caption and filter them, and share them into a stream that can be seen by other users. So basically it’s Instagram for selfies but with a much smaller user base. You can also react to other people’s selfies with your own selfies, adding a Snapchat-like feature to the app.
The chances that this app hits the big time and catches on with the masses is pretty low (considering the saturation of the selfies app market), but the app is still in its infancy, so we’ll see where it goes from here. Hit the break for the link to the app in the Play Store as well as a photo gallery of screenshots.
Google is overhauling a ton of things in Android L, one of which will be the camera API. Fortunately, this means you can expect to see several new features and improvements to the standard Android camera application, which has honestly been lacking up to this point.
The biggest thing to come from this new camera API will be pure performance. Thanks to better synchronization between the physical camera and the software, devices should be able to capture better images as well as 30 FPS videos at full resolution. The Nexus 5 on Android L, for instance, can capture a 30 FPS, 8 megapixel video, which is a big improvement over what it could do on previous versions of Android.
As we head into a long holiday weekend ahead of LG’s launch event for the LG G3, the company has released some videos on their Korean YouTube channel to tease the device. If all of the leaked images have left you wondering how accurate they may be, you may want to check out these official shots of the device. The most telling of the videos is the one highlighting the design of the LG G3 as it provides a nice shot of the device. The other two videos highlight the G3’s QHD display and the camera, although there is not much to tell from the videos.
You can check out all three videos after the break.
Google is planning to produce roughly 4,000 prototype Project Tango tablets to distribute to developers next month. The tablets will feature a 7-inch screen, two back cameras, infrared depth sensors and advanced software that can capture precise 3D images of objects.
A unique feature to the Moto X was its camera launching gesture that allowed a user to twist their wrist twice to quickly open up the camera application. The gesture saved a bit of time and shortcut space, so it’s easy to see why it was well-received on the X.
XDA user ssrij decided that the Moto X camera gesture was cool enough that there would be demand for it on other devices, so after weeks of tweaking and experimenting, he’s released an alpha version of QuickCamera on the Play Store that mimics Motorola’s intuitive gesture.
The Galaxy S4 Zoom showed off some really impressive specs last year as a super-niche device for photo-snappers everywhere. While we don’t have an official name on the phone’s successor yet, we currently know it as a Galaxy K device.
In order to start the hype, Samsung has posted a video on its Instagram account, featuring a zoomed in shot of the Red Dot Design Museum.
The caption on the post reads ‘Meet #TheNextGALAXY. Join us for a live update on April 29 at 11AM SGT.’
Stay tuned tomorrow for the update from Samsung and hit the link below for the Instagram post.
Source: Samsung Mobile Instagram