Amazon’s Cloud Drive Photos application got an update on the Play Store last week, bringing a few useful features along with it. The biggest change is the Instant Upload feature. Unfortunately, Amazon’s playing catch up a bit here, as Facebook and Dropbox have already had that built into their applications, but it’s good to see it anyway. There’s also support for taking photos with your camera in the application, although only on devices running Android 4.0 and up. Aside from that, it’s just basic enhancements, like being able to select multiple photos at once, view how much storage space you have left, get notifications when you’re low on storage, etc. Handy update that’s definitely worth grabbing. Hit the link below to download it.
While Apple may have not directly sued Google in relation to its many mobile patents, the two haven’t necessarily been the best of buddies in the courtroom. It seems as though that may be about to change, at least temporarily. New reports have surfaced claiming that the two will indeed join forces to purchase 1,100 of Kodak’s highly sought after imaging patents. It’s expected that both Silicon Valley companies will have to conjure up around $500 million to acquire the array of patents.
The deal should help ease tensions between the two, as both parties would have equal rights to Kodak’s protected imaging-related technology IPs. While this may sound unrealistic, this type of joint venture could prove to be most beneficial to the consumer, considering both companies would be legally allowed to include various tidbits of revolutionary technology in new products. The joint funds would also help Kodak recover from bankruptcy, effectively keeping one of the most innovative imaging and photographic equipment companies afloat during these troubling times.
It’s entirely possible that the deal may not be the final bid for either side, as Google or Apple could each make a bid of their own to buy the patents individually. However, this is one of those strange times where you actually hope the two frenemies can get along in the spirit of innovation.
It’s pretty clear that Amazon has every intention of staying competitive in the mobile space for the foreseeable future. Between new devices, applications, and cloud services, Amazon is fighting their way to the top of the OEM pile, and doing a pretty good job of it. To add more to their app/cloud repertoire, Amazon has released a Cloud Drive Photos app to access any photos you may have on Amazon Cloud drive. » Read the rest
Everyone’s favorite photo altering application, Instagram, has announced an update to the app bringing with it many bug fixes and improved functionality. Check out the change-log below and if you’re not currently using Instagram for Android and want to, you can check out the Play Store download link and QR code for convenience. Enjoy and feel free to leave a comment or two in the comments section below.
- Improved search functionality
- Support for location data taken from Gallery images when geotag is selected
- Fix for HTC Sensation 4G freezing using tilt shift
- Improved support and bugfixes for devices using the Instagram advanced camera
- Addresses tilt shift issues on lower resolution images
U.S. senator Charles Schumer has requested that the Federal Trade Commision investigate reports that applications on both iOS and Android platforms are able to steal private photos and contacts and export them to their servers – without the user’s consent. Schumer is concerned about a New York Times report that iOS and Android apps can obtain access to the user’s private photos and contacts.
The senator says that it’s his understanding that the uses in question violate the terms of service of both Apple and Google platforms. “These uses go well beyond what a reasonable user understands himself to be consenting to when he allows an app to access data on the phone for purposes of the app’s functionality,” Schumer said in a letter to the FTC. Schumer also suggests that “smartphone makers should be required to put in place safety measures to ensure third party applications are not able to violate a user’s personal privacy by stealing photographs or data that the user did not consciously decide to make public”, and that phone manufacturers have an obligation to protect the private content of their customers.
This is an interesting allegation, and it’s definitely a little worrisome. Whether or not this holds a severe case I’m sure we’ll find out in the coming days and weeks. It’s common sense that only what the application needs or what you consent to relinquish to the application should be accessed and used, and only according to how you agree for that content to be used.
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.
You know when you’ve got that perfect shot in the cross-hairs and just before you hit the shutter button some old dude enters left and bam, shot ruined? Well, don’t delete that photo just yet. Scalado has been doing some pretty fantastic things lately and their latest iteration is going to blow you away. The company is implementing new technology to remove unwanted folk from your perfect shots. How in the heck you say? The technology adds the “clean” shot back in by monitoring the live objects in the scene. Pretty cool and beyond me as far as I can tell. We’ll get to see a working demo when MWC rolls around shortly and the app will be made available for both iOS and Android.
Scalado, a world-leading provider of high-performance imaging technologies, applications and services for the mobile industry, have today announced the release of a new revolutionizing product named Remove. Remove is a technology that automatically highlights and removes any unwanted object from a captured photo. It is the world’s first Object removal software to be released on a mobile device.
I really think this is going to come in handy when you’re dating that girl and two years later you’re looking at a photo of the two of you and you can’t remember her name Check out the ad from Scalado below and don’t forget to let us know what you think of it in the comments below.
Automatically updating every picture you take on your phone to a cloud service is not a new concept. Adobe Photoshop Express uploads to Photoshop.com, and of course the Google+ app automatically uploads to your Picasa web albums. But what if you want to automatically send every picture you take to your Dropbox account?
Enter Syncly. This deceptively simple app links to your Dropbox account and automatically uploads your pictures over Wi-Fi or 3G as you take them. Setup is simple. Just create a Syncly account and link it to your Dropbox account. Bam. Done. Syncly also acts as an image gallery so you can view your uploaded images right from the cloud.
This is a great solution for backing up your photos and feeling safe enough to clear off your SD card if you’re running low on space. If you’re ready to give it a whirl, hit up the market link or QR code below.
Instagram, the uber popular iOS photography app that uses filters to replicate 1970′s-like photos, is slated to finally make its way to Android devices. Reports show that Instagram’s user base is around 14-15 million, and is expected to double with a release for the Android Market. “We have two people working on Android now,” says Instagram CEO, Kevin Systrom, at LeWeb in Paris. “I’m excited to be able to see our numbers today nearly double.”
Currently there are no details on when the app will be released for us Android users, Systrom says they are still focusing primarily on increasing membership. During Le Web, the company also said it plans to include ads in the near future which would require appealing to many advertisers. “Obviously, we didn’t start a business to not make money,” Systrom says. “Our focus now is on growing the network. You really need to build up the network, or no advertisers care.”
Anybody looking forward to seeing the Instagram photo app become available to Android?
We are not showing you these photos in an attempt to tease or irritate you even further, we simply thought you might be able to find a little good in them and hopefully they give you something to look forward to! Here we have some more great pictures of the Galaxy Nexus taken from what looks to be inside a Verizon warehouse. I am still loving that pure white box!
Only a mater of time my friends…
[via Droid Life]