It wouldn’t be a flagship Samsung launch without a few gimmick features tagging along for the ride, and as excited as we are for the hardware the Galaxy S7 will deliver, it’s a bit of an inevitability that the phone will arrive with more than a few silly little software features in tow. Maybe some of them will ultimately prove to be useful, but Samsung’s got a reputation for launching its high-profile phones armed with a bevy of abilities that may make for nice demos, but have a hard time becoming must-have features. Now a new rumor helps clue us in to one that could debut with the Galaxy S7, as Samsung takes a page from Apple’s (and maybe more correctly, HTC’s) playbook with the introduction of its own Live-Photos-like feature.
Just like Live Photos, the Samsung system would augment still photos with brief video footage captured before and after the shutter-press, though this time without the addition of sound.
Samsung’s reportedly sill mulling over a name for the feature, with candidates like Vivid Photo and Timeless Photo currently in the running.
And while we’re sure Samsung would love to have this mode ready to go for the GS7’s debut, we hear there’s the possibility that the phone might launch without it (like Samsung Pay on the GS6), and only see the feature land in a post-launch software update.
Has the success Apple (and HTC) has seen with this video-photo approach proven that this really wont be a useless gimmick, and Samsung actually might be able to use Vivid Photo (or whatever it’s called) as a genuine Galaxy S7 selling point? Is Samsung just opening itself up to copy-cat accusations? Maybe more to the point, does the thought of the GS7 pulling this trick have you excited at all?