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HTC allowing third party developers to use the Duo camera on the HTC One (M8) for their apps

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HTC allowing third party developers to use the Duo camera on the HTC One (M8) for their apps
HTC is letting third party developers use the Duo Camera on the back of the HTC One (M8). Developers can now write apps for the new handset with the APIs for DualLens and DimensionPlus already included. That will allow for third party apps that take advantage of the creative refocusing of a photo to create the blurry bokeh effect.

With the DimensionPlus API, code jockey's can develop third party apps that benefit from the ability of a photograph to display a different angle than the one used in the original shot.  By tilting the phone while the phone is on the screen, you can see the same subjects from a different angle even if you took only one picture.

It should be interesting to see how developers employ Duo Camera in their apps written expressly for the HTC One (M8). If you're a developer interested in writing for the Taiwan manufacturer's new camera setup, click on the sourcelink below.


source: HTCdev via Engadget

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posted on 16 Apr 2014, 13:41

1. mayur007 (Posts: 383; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


ONLY THIRD PARTY (IF) can save htc from having gimiky duo ...

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 14:08

2. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1208; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


The Duo camera is really just for fun... Picture quality wise... you are still screwed. However, in the outdoor and full sun environment HTC ONE M8 do produce really good pictures. That being said, that's like the perfect condition...

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 14:22

5. mayur007 (Posts: 383; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


that means they are screwed either way
hehe :P

Well HTC deserves its they never listen nor learn

honestly i found Samsung doing that learning and listening

they are not using any gimiks they were doing b4

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 14:44 5

6. true1984 (Posts: 586; Member since: 23 May 2012)


heart rate sensor anyone?

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 14:57 2

8. gorkapr (Posts: 46; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


Emmmmm, there's an app for that...

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 15:03

10. androiphone20 (Posts: 1399; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


*facepalm*

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 15:30

12. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1208; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


double *facepalm*

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 18:45

14. wbwarnerb (Posts: 5; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


haha and don't forget the fingerprint scanner that doesn't work well and has already been hacked. How are those useful and not gimmicky?

I'm on the fence of what i'll upgrade my S3 to... but the S5 has some drawbacks. Looking at dozens of photos of selective focus on the S5, I see the focus fail about 70% of the time. While M8 isn't perfect, I see it's uFocus fail about 20% of the time. Either M8 users are more davy on how to use the feature, or the S5 selective focus just doesn't work well.

I like Samsung, but their camera (although specs are much higher then the m8) produces lack luster images, just like my S3... which is a shame. It means I still need to manually adjust every image in snap seed or some other app to get a image where I want it. Conversely a lot of images I see from the M8 (although only 4Megapixel) look pretty engaging and good out of camera. HDR looks good. The shallow dof looks good. yeah they have gimmicks... like everyone else. But it looks like a fun way to share moments.

posted on 17 Apr 2014, 07:25

16. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1208; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


If camera is important to you, then you can look into the Sony Xperia Z2. Mine has not disappointed me yet with its camera functions. It takes great photo with its superior auto mode. I really have nothing bad to say about its camera app, but I haven't take too many video yet with it. Therefore, I can't give you a good opinion on it.

However, you mentioned the finger scanner on S5 got hacked. Let's be honest, that's not a hack if someone obtained a mold of your finger print. That's same thing as finding out your password and unlock your phone. It's way easier to obtain someone's password by looking at where their fingers are typing. Same way with pattern lock, just look at the finger movement. With practice, you can almost figure out people's password after seeing them unlock their phone once in a distance. However, getting someone's fingerprint is a lot harder than you think and you need the right tool to reproduce it. That being said, S5 is a great device and its drawback is very minimal in m opinion. Beside its IP 67 certification is a great plus.

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 14:47 5

7. true1984 (Posts: 586; Member since: 23 May 2012)


i've managed to take some really good pictures with the camera. plus indoor pictures are really good.

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 15:34

13. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1208; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Don't get me wrong. HTC One M8 does take good indoor pictures as well. However, when I compare them to my Z2, you could tell right away the pixel counts do matter. Nevertheless, if you aren't doing anything professional (professionalish) with the pictures, M8's camera serves good purpose. Honestly, even I think the camera on Z2 is overkill for me, but I still love it :D
(My gf has the M8 and I have the Z2.)

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 18:55

15. wbwarnerb (Posts: 5; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


you're saying it requires perfect conditions to get a good image on a M8? Check the images on flickr for htc one m8 and other cameras... it's producing some good out of camera shots. especially the HDR ones. every cell phone will fail on quality, compared to a regular camera. The idea of comparing a cell phone's camera with "at 100% crop we get more detail in ..." is nuts. cell phone capture is like sharable moments, not "I'm going to blow this up to a 20x40 canvas print." Can you get a out of camera image that has good saturation, nice HDR, good effects with minimal effort? if so, it's a win. Sadly every samsung i have produces lack luster images, that are flat, annoying and require work in 3rd party apps to make them usable. So this year I probably will move out of the Samsung line for something else... not sure what yet. But all the "quality talk" of the S5 - I don't see it. I see images that are just a tad different then it's competition. Flat, less color, less curve to the image then with iPhone, poorer in low light then others. I don't see that "oh it wins" that people are chiming about. white paper specs don't really equate to "wow that's cool, and I did it without a 3rd party app." I'm all about shallow DOF... while m8 isn't perfect. I don't think it's gimmicky. it's pretty descent.

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 14:10 4

3. KingDingaLing (Posts: 141; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


Actually, kind of cool. A little depth of field action.

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 14:13 1

4. newbey123 (Posts: 392; Member since: 19 Mar 2012)


Very cool. good job HTC.

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 15:02 8

9. androiphone20 (Posts: 1399; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


I think HTC has the most interesting phone on the market right now

posted on 16 Apr 2014, 15:19 3

11. housry23 (Posts: 78; Member since: 03 Jun 2012)


I agree and the camera is no where near as bad as the M7 camera was. It's actually pretty good. They can't really be blown up or cropped, but for posting to Twitter, Instagram and other social services, it's actually quite good.

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