A new version of the Google Camera app is beginning to roll out, and there’s quite a few interesting adjustments in this update. The Settings screen looks much better with a full set of icons, and there are several new additions to be found within it. Grid overlays have been moved into the Settings screen, and double-taps can now be configured with a different action. A long-awaited feature, Dirty lens warnings, can now be enabled.
Unlike most premium phones released over the past year, Google’s Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL don’t come with a dual rear camera – but they still manage to pull off impressive depth-of-field effects that separate the background from the foreground with natural-looking blur. It actually uses AI to pull that off – and now, the company has open-sourced a similar technology that developers can use in their third-party camera apps for high-quality Portrait Mode-style shots like the one above. It’s called DeepLab v3+, and it’s essentially an image segmentation technology that uses a neural network to detect the outlines…
There’s no denying that the Google Pixel 2 has a really great camera. Although the camera UI does not offer manual controls, Google’s HDR+ algorithm is really good at exposing most scenes very evenly. It can even do this fairly well in lower-lit conditions. HDR+ aside, Google made a Research Blog post about the Google Camera’s portrait mode. The Google Pixel’s portrait mode only needs a single camera lens, unlike many other OEMs that require a second camera to map out depth to synthesize the bokeh (blur) effect. We hope that publicly sharing our system with the community will…
The Honor 7C is now official and will start selling in China tomorrow. It starts at CNY 899 (115) for the 3GB+32GB model and tops out at CNY 1,299 (166) for the 4GB+64GB one. You are looking at a 5.99-inch 1440x720px display of 18:9 aspect with 2.5D curved glass on top. There’s a Snapdragon 450 chipset (with the aforementioned 3GB or 4GB of RAM), a microSD card slot and dual-SIM as standard. The rear camera setup consists of a 13MP main unit and a depth-sensing 2MP secondary sensor. The front-facing camera is an 8MP shooter. Software is EMUI 8.0 on Android 8.0…
Portrait mode photos have become a popularaddition to smartphones, with many device makers making it easy for users to add a blurry background to their images. Now it looks like a major photo app may be getting the feature, too.
Instagram may soon add a portrait mode to its app. A file called “portrait_shutter_icon.png” was found inside the APK of the Instagram app for Android, and the icon appears to show a basic version of a person’s head. This icon would appear in the shutter button of the camera in the Instagram app.
The details of this feature are unclear, so it’s unknown if it’ll offer anything beyond a blurry background. It’s also not known when this feature might launch to the public. Instagram declined to comment on this leak.
While a lot of phones offer a portrait mode built in to their camera app, it’s not available on every device. Adding it to Instagram could make the app more appealing to those folks that don’t have a built-in portrait mode, especially since there’s not a similar feature found in Snapchat. Even for those who do have a built-in portrait mode on their phone, having a version of it in Instagram could eliminate a step if they plan on sharing their photo to Instagram anyway.
Does your phone have a portrait mode for photos? If so, how often do you use it?
Apple today seeded the fourth beta of an upcoming watchOS 4.3 update to developers, two weeks after seeding the third beta and a little over two weeks after releasing watchOS 4.2.3, a minor update focusing on bug fixes.
Once the proper configuration profile has been installed from the Apple Developer Center, the new watchOS beta can be downloaded through the dedicated Apple Watch app on the iPhone by going to General –> Software update.
To install the update, the Apple Watch needs to have at least 50 percent battery, it has to be placed on the charger, and it needs to be in range of the iPhone it’s paired to.
watchOS 4.3 introduces support for Nightstand mode in portrait orientation, a feature that was previously only available when the watch was placed in landscape orientation. There’s also a new charging animation when the Apple Watch is placed on the charger, a new app loading animation, your Activity data is now displayed on the Siri watch face, and the battery complication more accurately reports battery life.
The watchOS 4.3 update also brings the return of a much-desired feature that allows music playing on the iPhone to be controlled using the Music app on the Apple Watch.
In prior versions of watchOS, starting with watchOS 4, the Music app could only be used to control music playing on the watch itself. With the tvOS 11.3 beta installed, there’s also an option to control music playing on the Apple TV with the watch.
Apple plans to release watchOS 4.3 to the public in the spring, and until then, it will be limited to developers. Apple offers public betas of tvOS, iOS, and macOS, but watchOS betas are not available for public beta testers because there’s no way to revert to an earlier version of watchOS once an update is installed.
The popular camera app Halide is out with a major new version, the biggest update since being optimized for iPhone X, bringing many new features to the mix. Halide is particularly useful on your iPhone X as it now supports the new capabilities of Apple’s TrueDepth camera system…. Read the rest of this post here
A new revelation has uncovered the possibility of Instagram getting a “Portrait Mode” feature for stories and posts. This was revealed by Ishan Agarwal on Twitter, who tore down an APK (Android Package Kit) and found this within the system alongside other camera modes like Live and Reverse. Continue reading → iPhone Hacks | #1 iPhone, iPad, iOS Blog