Google shares Android 4.3 Photo Sphere improvements


One of the new features Google introduced with the launch of Android 4.2 was its Photo Sphere, an extension of the normal sort of 360-degree panoramic shot, breaking free of that 2D plane and capturing a full sphere of imagery surrounding the photographer. It was fun when it worked, but its ambitious capabilities also could bite it in the foot, making neatly stitching together scenes a chore at times. That’s why we’re excited to learn of improvements present in the Android 4.3 Photo Sphere release, just detailed on Google+ by Photo Sphere Project Manager Evan Rapoport.

Thankfully, the app’s stitching algorithms have reportedly received a lot of attention, and the new version is said to be a whole lot more user-friendly, spitting out fewer errors and generating higher-quality results. It should also be better at establishing a nice, clean, straight horizon line.

Photo Sphere also sees improvements to its ability to compensate for exposure differences between individual shots. After all, when you’re taking a whole bunch of separate pictures to generate a Photo Sphere, some of those may depict areas markedly brighter or darker than others, and this new Photo Sphere is supposed to be a lot better at evening everything out so the end product doesn’t contain any mismatched sections. Sounds good to us!

Source: Evan Rapoport (Google+)
Via: Android Central

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