Update for Sprint’s Moto X rolling out, AT&T very close

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On Monday, an update for the Motorola Moto X on the T-Mobile network began to roll out on that network. The update included some significant improvements to the camera and some smaller fixes for issues like choppy audio in voice calls, an inability to report location in the Lost Device Finder app, the device reading out text messages when not in Drive mode, and assorted stability improvements. Motorola indicated the update should roll out to other carriers “soon” and for customers on the Sprint network, “soon” is today.

According to source, the build number on Sprint devices is 139.14.1 and the changelog mirrors the improvements that rolled out to T-Mobile devices. If you have a Moto X on Sprint, you can check for the update by going to Settings -> About phone -> System updates.

Meanwhile, Moto X owners on the AT&T network that are part of Motorola’s Feedback Network have been receiving a notification that a “new software release” was available for installation as part of a soak test. No details are available and a schedule was not provided, but it appears AT&T is moving to get their customers the latest update.

source: Droid Life (Sprint), Droid Life (AT&T)

Other carriers will receive Moto X camera update ‘soon’

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Yesterday we brought news that the T-Mobile Moto X received an update that included enhancements to its rear camera. Owners of the X on other carriers don’t have to feel left out for too long. Motorola Mobility’s VP for Product Management, Punit Soni, posted on his Google + account on Tuesday that the update should be “coming to other carriers soon.”

As a reminder, the T-Mobile update improves the quality of pictures taken, focuses on your subject faster while preventing unnecessary focusing, and quickens the time the phone takes to switch from the back to the front camera. In addition, a few bug fixes were included.

Source: +PunitSoni

Bootloader unlock issue for Xperia Z1 confirmed by Sony

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Owners of the Sony Xperia Z1 who unlock the bootloader will discover an unfortunate side effect to doing so, the loss of their camera’s functionality. Sony has acknowledged the issue, going so far as to post a message on their unlock bootloader web site to warn individuals about the problem. A workaround does exist that involves backing up the TA partition, which holds Sony’s DRM keys, before unlocking the bootloader. If the camera is needed, users then have to go through the trouble of restoring the backup and re-locking the bootloader in the process. Hopefully Sony’s developers will have a fix for the problem in short order.

source: Xperia Blog

Some HTC One cameras suffering from severe camera issues, fix coming in Android 4.3

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HTC has been using the UltraPixel camera as a major selling point on the HTC One, but apparently more than a few devices are afflicted with some crippling camera issues. Some owners have been reporting that the device has begun failing to take pictures in low light, instead tinting everything purple, blue, or red. Some cameras have the issue so severely that the entire shot turns purple. Some cameras are also imprinting grid lines in low-light shots.

HTC has acknowledged that some devices are experiencing problems, but they claim to have a solution in place and will be pushing it out in Android 4.3. In the meantime, HTC is replacing phones for users that are having problems. Hopefully it won’t take too much longer for the Android 4.3 update to get pushed out to devices, and that the big carriers in the US don’t drag it out for too long.

source: HTC Blog

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Google Earth receives new update, now displays geo-coded Google+ photos

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Google Earth just received an update in the Play Store which will bring geocoded photos to the 3D view in the application. This is certainly a welcome feature which will bring a more rich experience to the user— there could be a bit of a concern with privacy issues, but Google has quelled them by making it necessary for picture uploads to be turned on in your Google+ settings, and geo-location turned on in your camera. Google also isn’t pulling your private photos into the Google Earth database, so no worries here. Hit the break for the download link and QR code.

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Sony QX Lens camera series press release leaks (and removed shortly after), promotional video still available

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A Sony site accidentally leaked the press release for their QX100 and QX10 “lens-style cameras,” which was removed shortly after. Unfortunately, Sony has asked our source to remove the press release from their site, and therefore, it is now unavailable. However, we do know that they will be announced tomorrow, Sept. 4 at 4:00 PM (London time)— you won’t have to wait very long to get all the juicy details.

Sony did release a video on their YouTube channel which hypes up the two lens-cameras. Check it out after the break.

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Sony lens-camera devices will reportedly be called Smart Shot

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smartshotSony is planning on releasing a few concept imaging devices at the IFA in Berlin next week. The DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 will be two attachable lens-camera devices that mount onto a smartphone to provide a built-in imaging sensor, Bionz processor, Wi-Fi/NFC, SD card slot and battery. A new report from SonyAlphaRumors tells us that these lens-cameras will be called “Smart Shot,” a mashup of smartphone and Cyber Shot.

As a refresher, the QX10 will have a 1/2.3 inch 18MP CMOS sensor and f/3.3-5.9 lens, while the QX100 has the same sensor and lens as the Sony RX100MII. Both devices will be able to capture video in 1080/30p as well as incorporate optical steadyshot stabilization.

Source: XperiaBlog, SonyAlphaRumors

Manuals for Sony QX10 and QX100 leaked

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Thanks to SonyAlphaRumors, the owner’s manual for a few of Sony’s upcoming lens cameras have been leaked. According to the manuals, both devices will have their own power buttons, microphone, status indicator display, hook for belt, ring control, shutter button, multifunctional jack and a socket to mount the lens on a tripod.

These devices are supposed to be launched at Sony’s September 4 event in New York. The Sony QX100 is the bigger, and higher-end device of the two, featuing the same sensor and Carl Zeiss glass as Sony’s RX100M2. The QX10 is a little more portable, and has the same sensor and lens as Sony’s WX150 point-n-shoot budget camera.

Source: SonyAlphaRumors

Give the new Motorola X camera app a spin with this apk

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Motorola’s new camera software is setting itself up to be one of the major selling points of the device, and with good reason. It’s clean, minimalist, and will hopefully give users plenty of options to get excellent photos. If you don’t want to wait until the official device to test drive it, though, you don’t have to anymore thanks to the latest ripped camera apk from newer Motorola devices thanks to Android Police.

The interface is just as clean as we’ve seen it, and most of the features work, including video recording and taking pictures, both single shots and burst shots. Unfortunately, the wrist flicking gestures don’t work, panoramic mode causes a crash, and the slow-motion and HDR modes both don’t function, so it’s not 100% ready for prime time. Still, though, if you don’t absolutely have to have those features and just want a new toy to play with on your phone, it’s 90% functional. Hit the break below to grab the apk to install on your phone.

source: Android Police

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CyanogenMod announces Nemesis pseudo-skin, Focal camera app first app to be released

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In announcing a new camera app for CyanogenMod users, the team also revealed some more information about their Nemesis project announced earlier this week. According to CyanogenMod, the Nemesis initiative is an effort to improve the user experience for Android ROMs built on the Android Open Source Project code, like CyanogenMod. The first example of where the experience falls short is in the camera app, which the CyanogenMod team thinks is lacking when compared to versions released by HTC, Samsung and LG. To correct that, CyanogenMod is releasing Focal, a completely new camera app. » Read the rest