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.
HTC has updated their HTC Gallery app to add user adjustability for the UFocus Blur effect. Owners of the HTC One (M8) with HTC’s new Duo Camera know they can just tap on an image to change the focal point. By changing that focal point, the rest of the image is blurred to create a bokeh effect. The new feature adds a slider so that users can customize not only the location of the focal point, but the level of blur that is applied to the rest of the image. Users can now increase the level of blur even more than what the HTC thinks the default should be or decrease it so no additional digital blur is added.
Dropbox is keeping us busy today – not only did they release Mailbox for Android, but they’ve also unveiled a new photo gallery for devices called Carousel. With Carousel, Dropbox wants to provide users with a gallery “for all the photos and videos from your life,” combining your photos in the cloud and the photos taken on your device. Dropbox’s big selling point is not having to worry about the storage space on your device, since photos will be stored in Dropbox’s cloud.
In addition, Carousel will have a messaging system, allowing you to have private conversations to “relive entire events with friends and family” much faster than text messaging. The app is already available in the Play Store, via the link past the break.
Motorola continues to push small updates to users of its newest line of devices by adding core apps to the Play Store that are compatible with the Moto X, the Droid Maxx, Droid Ultra, Droid Mini, and the Moto G. The gallery app now features an entirely new user interface, including a slide-out side menu, larger thumbnails, a timeline of pictures, quick access to the camera roll, and albums in a more familiar layout.
You can get the new update in the Play Store— just follow the link after the break.
The fact that there is both a Photos app and a Gallery app is a tad confusing, and it looks like Google might be getting ready to ditch the Gallery app all together. Ever since the beginning of Android there has always been an app called “Gallery”, which has been the home of all your images loaded on your device. Soon however, the Gallery app will be phased out completely, being replaced by Google+ Photos, or simply “Photos” as the app is called.
Evidence against the Gallery app is mounting, and a high resolution icon for the app was not even created for Android 4.4, even though most other apps did receive a shiny high res icon. Clearly Google would like as many people to migrate towards Google+ as possible, though you aren’t required to create a Google+ account to use the app – it can handle both offline and online photos.
Most of us use our smartphones as our primary camera, and we’ve already shown you the best apps for taking photos as well as editing them. There’s still another piece to that puzzle: apps for viewing your artistic creations. Sure, you could use the built-in gallery app on your phone, but there are plenty of excellent alternatives in the Play Store that give you more flexibility over organizing and viewing your pictures. In this guide, we’re going to go over the top ones. Hit the break to get started.
Introduced on Monday, Android 4.2 brings a slew of new enhancements and features that rectify the minor jump in the version number. One of the most–if not the most–heavily touted features is Google’s entirely redesigned Camera and Gallery interface. The new build brings with it an intuitive options ring that pops up wherever you place your finger, allowing you to easily control the focus and various user settings. Also new is Photo Sphere, which has the ability to capture 360-degree images, similar to Google Maps Street View.
You may be thinking, “all this is great, except I don’t have a Nexus 4.” This may be true, but if you have a Galaxy Nexus, the entire new app has been ripped from Android 4.2, and packaged into a nice .apk for easy installation. Hit the break for download links.
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Source: Android Police
Looking for a lightweight photo gallery and portfolio app that takes advantage of the larger screen of your tablet? XDA member Apachi2k was, and when he was not satisfied with what he found, he wrote his own and called it Fotolio. Optimized for 7 or 10 inch tablets, Fotolio was created as a way for photographers and artists to showcase their portfolios. The developer explains:
I am a photographer and know a little bit of programming from high school days. I love the Xoom tablet and first thing I thought of using it for was for my photography portfolio. I soon realized that the built-in gallery is way overkill for something like a portfolio which gave me an idea to develop a simple app suited to showcase art or photography portfolios.
The app is pretty no-frills with the only real options being what folder you want to browse, what layout to show, and a slide show mode. This helps keep the app running smoothly while getting the job done. Check out screen shots and download links after the break.
Popular gallery app QuickPic has received a pretty big update today, offering users some new and improved feature additions. The most noticeable, of course, being the revamped user interface to reflect Android design guidelines set forth at the release of Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s not only a visual upgrade, however, as the UI works more fluidly and seamlessly than ever before. Here’s the list of what’s new in the update to v2.0:
- New clean UI like Android 4.0(ICS), lots of UI optimizations
- Replace list mode to explorer mode, support hierarchical folders
- Bigger square thumbnails without border
- Fix some minor bugs
- App2SD for Android 2.2+
QuickPic is wildly popular with the Android community, so if you haven’t already given it a shot it’s highly recommended you do. Visit the Marketplace link below or capture the QR code.
The folks over at androidpolice seem to have found a few icons pointing to a photo editor within the Android gallery app for the upcoming ICS update. While they’re not 100% to be in the next version of everyone’s favorite operating system, they do bring up the point that a lot of work went into something just for it to be discarded. A few effects are shown after the break, and the tool icons can be found in the source. Who else can’t wait for tomorrow night?