Big Essential Phone Camera Update Adds Auto-HDR, New HDR Algorithm

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The Essential Phone, even with its below-average performance, touch responsiveness, and camera, still has me holding out hope for update magic that’ll eliminate its flaws and allow the phone’s software to stop embarrassing its incredible build and design. It’ll probably never happen, but Essential keeps trying. In the latest attempt to salvage whatever they can from this first frustrating phone, we’ve got a big camera update to play with. Essential says that the newest camera (which can be updated to right away on Google Play), adds ...

Google Launches Two New Experimental Photography Apps for Android

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Google launched three new photography applications this week, two of which are available for Android, with the third being exclusive to iOS. The apps are called Storyboard, Selfissimo!, and Scrubbies (iOS exclusive). As Google puts it in a recent blog post, “The next generation of cameras will have the capability to blend hardware and computer vision algorithms that operate as well on an image’s semantic content, enabling radically new creative mobile photo and video applications.” While that may sound like word salad to some, Google is working ...

FrontRow is a $400 livestream-capable wearable with two cameras and a circular touchscreen

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Wearable tech may not be doing so well these days, with companies like Motorola pulling out of the smartwatch game and Google Glass not having the greatest reputation with the public, but that doesn't mean everyone's giving up on it. Ubiquiti has debuted the FrontRow, a wearable camera with a round display that enables the "effortless capture and sharing of life's experiences." Oh, and it's $400. FrontRow is being made and sold by Ubiquiti, a tech company that currently sells various networking products. The aim ...

Google’s Camera App With Working HDR+ Gets Ported to Galaxy S8, Others

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The camera in the Google Pixel and Pixel XL is often referenced as being one of the best in all of smartphones. Part of that is because of the hardware that Google uses, but a good chunk of the excellence comes from the Google Camera app and its HDR+ capabilities. You see, a number of phones use the same camera module that the Pixel phones have (like the Blackberry KEYone), but it’s Google’s extra software butter than bring out the magic. Up until now, the Google ...