By Stephen Schenck | July 25, 2013 6:59 PM
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!