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Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 edge hide a Live Photos-like feature called 'Motion Photo'

Samsung's Galaxy S7 and S7 edge hide a Live Photos-like feature called 'Motion Photo'

In the weeks that preceded the recent unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge, multiple unofficial sources claimed that Samsung will be equipping its new flagships with a 'motion photo' feature inspired by the HTC Zoe and the Apple Live Photos. Although Samsung spent no time mentioning such a feature during its VR presentation of the new phones, it turns out that it does show up in Samsung's new Android implementation.

When you get the chance to use a Samsung Galaxy S7 or Galaxy S7 edge, head to the camera app settings, where you'll find a feature called 'Motion photo'. With the feature activated, the phone will take a few extra photos each time you capture a still. While these additional photos will not be displayed in the gallery, users can tap the original photo to view a short GIF that contains several photos taken before the actual photo.

One notable difference between Apple's Live Photos and Samsung's Motion Photo is that the Apple system takes additional photos both before and after the original image while Samsung's implementation only focuses on the moments before the image capture.

Given that this is far from being a make-or-break feature, it's not surprising that Samsung doesn't spend its effort marketing it. Other details about the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge cameras carry far greater importance. Among these, the highlights are the extra-large pixels and the Dual Pixel autofocus technology.

source: SamMobile

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posted on 24 Feb 2016, 10:48 8

1. Ninetysix (Posts: 2314; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Saw this coming last year. No surprise here. It's only a half-baked copy so they're not making a big deal out of it.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 10:53 44

4. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 756; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


did you saw it coming when it was copied in iphone from HTC and nokia? I am sure, you were blind that time. But at least you found some good doctor now. Good for you.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 11:10 5

7. Iodine (Posts: 1280; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Who predicted that that Live photos is coming to iPhone ?

What matters is 1. It's well executed, easy to use. 2. Massively adopted already by 3rd parties. 3. It's used.

And in the matter of copying. Who prevented samsung copying HTC zoe instead of Live photos ? Why they have to wait for what features Apple "copies" before they copy, each time ?
Is copying that you will make a car with 4 wheels ? No. Is it copying that you make a feature for the camera ? No ! Is it copying when you tear down a competitors OS, design, studing how to immitate it and chase after every feature only to say "Mee too !" ? I think yes.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 11:33 11

8. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 756; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


This Mee too is done by iphone first, bro. No need to write a long paragraph to prove your point. Get over it.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 12:35 4

18. anotherfan (Posts: 22; Member since: 28 Sep 2015)


Htc did it first

posted on 25 Feb 2016, 15:35

35. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 756; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


you are an idiot. I am replying to comment number 7. Please Read the last line of his comment.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 12:06 3

14. xondk (Posts: 1131; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Really? so dismissing the actual use and existence it had prior to apple simply because you didn't know about it? really? seriously?
Apple copied this, it existed and worked great on other products, but guess what its very limited in usage, where you'd want a picture like that and you can only watch it on a device, especially depending on format, can you watch your 'live' photoes outside your phone? if so on what?

Seriously, Apple didn't 'execute' it well, or anything more then the previous users of it did.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 14:12 4

26. tedkord (Posts: 9861; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


In the matter of copying, both Apple and Samsung copied HTC. There's the correct response.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 14:26 1

27. xondk (Posts: 1131; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


oh definitely and that's what happens, you build on others features and idea's, is generally how a lot of progress and things we take for granted now a days are made.
But Apple seems like the whole "We made that!" thing which just annoys me to no end.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 12:00 6

12. Ordinary (Posts: 2136; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


Did you saw 3D touch also coming?

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 12:17 1

16. fyah_king (Posts: 187; Member since: 22 Jul 2013)


See.:)

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 12:23 6

17. xondk (Posts: 1131; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


Pressure sensitive touch screens are not apple's invention, personally I find the hover and heightened sensitivity features more interesting because that technology touch free touch was created at that point (or near to it) and not something years old, yet for some reason that new technology was scoffed at?

Gloves + work phone screen without any issues or real loss in precision is very useful.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 13:00 2

20. Ordinary (Posts: 2136; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


I guess I need to put /s at the end of the sentence for some people

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 13:28

21. Evan_C (Posts: 144; Member since: 15 Dec 2014)


Does the phone have 3D Touch (or something relevant) or it a sarcastic comment...lol

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 13:32 6

24. s.kumaran (Posts: 25; Member since: 18 Feb 2016)


iPhonearena - What the hell are you talking about? Are you a dumbass? You're just mad because you are proven wrong. The idiots thinking apple invented Live Photos.

Apple Live Photos copycat from Samsung Animated Photos (GALAXY Note 3 and S4) -
youtube.com/watch?v=a-u5xVEn8NE
youtube.com/watch?v=KewspKIBPR8

Open ur eyes check out Samsung site - news.samsung.com/global/setting-a-new-standard-in-​mobile-photography-the-camera-of-the-galaxy-s7

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 19:38

32. j2001m (Posts: 2755; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


If funny how Apple make a big deal now about this crap now and Samsun floors more at the hardware over the live image and crap like that

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 19:56 1

33. bubbadoes (Posts: 813; Member since: 03 May 2012)


not on backorder yet and delivery dates not pushed farther to right on launch day which is a sure sign of No Demand for S7

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 10:49

2. tonyv (Posts: 54; Member since: 12 Mar 2014)


any word on how much extra space this feature takes up?

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 10:59

5. Iodine (Posts: 1280; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


A Live photo takes about twice as much space compared to a regular picture.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 10:51

3. DoggyDangerous (Posts: 756; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


What about LG G5? is this feature included?

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 11:04 8

6. maherk (Posts: 3350; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Has anyone seen the motion panorama? It is super cool

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 11:40

10. Unordinary (Posts: 996; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Really nice!

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 11:34 5

9. Vanliewn (Posts: 48; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


They should have taken a jab at Apple and called them gifs

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 11:44

11. Ninetysix (Posts: 2314; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Then it wouldn't have any sound :(

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 12:04 4

13. sissy246 (Posts: 532; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


Note 5 and maybe the s6 and s6 edge and active may have it. But there is a setting called animated GIF kinda works like taking a live photo.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 12:09 6

15. Ordinary (Posts: 2136; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


S4 have it

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 13:30

23. joevsyou (Posts: 666; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


the problem with that is you have to switch between the modes and the quality blows on gif mode, So You can end up missing gift/photo only moments

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 12:39 1

19. amats69 (Posts: 1365; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


they are ashamed so they hide it

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 13:29

22. joevsyou (Posts: 666; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


i was woundering why they didn't say anything about it, but now i know it's because it's a b bootleg version of it.... Do it right not half ass

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 19:25

30. ibend (Posts: 3148; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


they have it since S4...
why did they need to brag this old feature? lol

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 13:46

25. gersont1000 (Posts: 274; Member since: 13 Mar 2012)


Does anybody really use this kind of feature? I see it as being pointless. Good to see their advertising is focusing on the other REAL improvements in the camera of the S7.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 17:27

29. jeroome86 (Posts: 793; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Well. Not much. Maybe few times see how it works, then enough of that and turn it off.

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 16:27

28. Torquema (Posts: 1; Member since: 21 Aug 2013)


They mentioned it and they showed even an example of that photo during the presentation...

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 19:37

31. mudcat62 (Posts: 11; Member since: 15 Sep 2015)


Funny as hell. Samsung offers a bootleg version of Live Photos. Of course they wouldn't say it. Let's show our customers shiny objects, very good hardware, but bootleg software......

posted on 24 Feb 2016, 21:29

34. catze86 (Posts: 502; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


iDiot

posted on 26 Feb 2016, 05:30

36. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1513; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


Yoo Samsung put Windows 10 mobile on one of your flagship smart phones. you would make
money from sales to Windows smart phones fans who have only a few flagship smart phones.
Android has a lot good smart phones.

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