Another Android 4.3 bonus: better Photospheres

Another Android 4.3 bonus: better Photospheres
One of our favorite features of Android is Photosphere imaging. Let's face it, panoramas are what your parents used to shoot, and Photospheres are flat out better. It's a 360 degree photo, there isn't much to dislike about that. Of course, Photospheres were a bit tough to master in Android 4.2, but they have gotten a big boost in Android 4.3.

Previously, it was quite awkward to get Photospheres right, there would be some jaggies or odd stitching, but the team behind the feature at Google have made some serious improvements. Evan Rapoport, a product manager at Google detailed the improvements on Google+, saying that the team has worked hard to improve alignment and stitching, so horizons are flatter and there are generally fewer errors throughout the image. Also, exposure correction has gotten a big boost to make the colors more even. 

We certainly can't wait to test it out (it's grey and rainy outside right now), but until then, here's a Photosphere that Rapoport shared. 

source: +Evan Rapoport via Droid Life



1. imeubeu

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

i put a lot of time mastering photosphere...gud to it wasn't wasted

11. anywherehome

Posts: 971; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

Yes! This is why we love Google: doing really something for people! We will use android more so they will profit from these things a little later so good even for Google :-)

2. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013


3. Kal-el

Posts: 96; Member since: Dec 14, 2012

anyone else notice the black hole in the

4. aditya.k

Posts: 496; Member since: Mar 10, 2013

It doesn't capture that part! -_-

6. AwesomestMaximuss

Posts: 148; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

I guess it does..but pic of ur shoes+stiching doesnt mix well..

13. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

It does not capture the bottom and up part, so it ramains 2 circles on each place, have you ever used photosphere?

14. AwesomestMaximuss

Posts: 148; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

Yes i have used the apk which leaked from galaxy s4 google edition on my galaxy s4 exynos octa....and it does capture bottom and upper part as well...its not my fault if u r using a crappy camera...

15. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

I just figured it out, I have a Galaxy Nexus, so I am able to use the photospere mode way before, so on JB 4.2 actually there were 2 circles in the upper and botton part of the picture, now, on 4.3 version google has adjusted this part so there is no more hole in the pic.

16. AwesomestMaximuss

Posts: 148; Member since: Jul 09, 2013


7. Retro-touch unregistered

If you consider the way they're viewed the center where you are would be hard to put in the image so its left as black hole

5. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

I'm gonna try this after flashing the factory image. I usually need a rotating chair to take perfect photosphere, I hope I won't need to after this :D

8. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

It's a bummer that the Galaxy S series doesn't have Photo-Sphere even though it should...

9. AwesomestMaximuss

Posts: 148; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

I believe samsung is gonna launch something like that with note 3(samsung orb)..and btw u can always sideload it..just go to xda and get the apk..doesnt need root or anything..

10. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Wow great feature, and those two holes also in which one is big and other is small.

12. 1091323

Posts: 2; Member since: Jul 20, 2013

the good guys at xda.

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