I LOVE Photo Spheres, but even I’ll admit that they can take a fair bit of effort to get ‘right’. According to Evan Rapoport, once you get Android 4.3 they’re about to get a whole lot better.
Evan has advised in a Google+ post, that the Photo Sphere team has been working very hard behind the scenes to add improvements to Photo Spheres that will make them much better. Firstly, alignment and stitching has been improved, horizons will be more level and there will be fewer errors or glitches in your Photo Spheres. Next, they’ve improved exposure compensation for each frame so that exposure for the whole Photo Sphere should remain consistent, improving colouring in high contrast areas.
It’s a great update and I can’t wait to get back out and do some more Photo Spheres so I can see the improvements myself. BUT, While Photospheres seemed to have remained a feature that’s currently only accessible to Nexus devices, which at this stage are all eligible to get Android 4.3, it SHOULD be made available via Google Play Services, surely the whole point of decoupling APIs into it, is so that these updates can be rolled out to other devices.
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