Tuesday , October 24 2017

Improved Photo Spheres in Android 4.3


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.

Have you done any Photo Spheres? Share them in the comments below.

 
Source: Evan Rapoport.
Via: AndroidCentral.

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16 Comments on "Improved Photo Spheres in Android 4.3"

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David Anderton
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The main thing I think its missing is the ability to retake a section of the sphere if you mess something up. Seems so simple but as far as I’m aware there is no way to do it yet?

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Agreed. Tired of waiting around for people to walk out of frame so you can get a clean image. If would also be great if they did not leave holes in the top and bottom.

John Sharpley
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John Sharpley

yeah definately. I have an Eiffel tower one where it buggered up a photo because someone walked in just as it took the photo.. ruined the sphere.. hope something changes

John Sharpley
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John Sharpley

Vatican City sphere

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It is uploaded to your Google + account if you have auto-backup turned on. Then you can just share it and it works great.

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Beautiful shot, sir but what phones are you using to take this photo? The Nexus 4?

John Sharpley
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John Sharpley

I have downloaded the camera apk on to my Samsung galaxy S4. The good camera on it really helps..

David Anderton
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David Anderton

awesome work dude

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Vatican City

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