Did you know that Android had time-lapse video mode before the iPhone 6 made it cool?
posted by Nick T. / Sep 28, 2014, 4:17 PM
For those not familiar with time-lapse videos, imagine fast-forwarding a movie the old-fashioned way - everything moves at several times its normal pace. On a phone, these videos are made by the camera taking a single frame every few seconds and then the software blending them all in a contiguous stream. The produced footage allows us to see events around us from a different perspective - events like the movement of the clouds in the sky or the rise of the sun in the morning.
So yeah, time-lapse videos can be pretty cool, and they're about to rise in popularity now that the iPhone 6 has the feature baked into its camera app. However, did you know that Android had the mode three years ago? Time-lapse video mode was available in the stock camera app of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus - the first phone to run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Sure, the video didn't have an iPhone-like cinematic stabilization (which looks impressive, by the way), but it was a good way of showing off the capabilities of the phone and its camera.
Unfortunately, the time-lapse video mode got dropped with the transition of Android to the Google Camera application. This, however, can't stop you from getting an app for the purpose, and if you have a recent Samsung Galaxy smartphone, you may have time-lapse mode built into its Camera app, labeled as "Fast Motion".
If you want to take some pretty time-lapse videos using an Android phone, our time-lapse Android guide might help.
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Yet iFans will still be like "Look at this innovation! Apple is so innovative!"...
posted on Sep 28, 2014, 4:22 PM 31
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That's why i hate ifans.
posted on Sep 28, 2014, 4:38 PM 23
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You are claiming that its innovation, not Apple. Nobody is even shouting about having time lapse.
posted on Sep 28, 2014, 4:58 PM 5
did you know that android had a top pull down menu before apple?
posted on Sep 28, 2014, 4:22 PM 25
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Yeah but did you know that 15 minutes can save you 15% or more?
posted on Sep 28, 2014, 5:08 PM 4
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Everybody knows that. Well, did you know everything Apple copies from Android becomes too popular, Android needs to get more features from both theirself and Apple?
posted on Sep 28, 2014, 4:22 PM 7
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posted on Sep 28, 2014, 6:00 PM 1
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Just like several other phones already had Slow-Mo recording way before the iPhone, if i recall correctly HTC first used it on the HTC Amaze in 2011. But of course people will say "Hurr durr the iPhone records 720p slow mo.." The 6 might, but the 5S merely recorded in a lower resolution and upscaled it to 720p, the Galaxy S4 (Exynos) was the first 720p slow mo capable phone AFAIK.
posted on Sep 28, 2014, 4:25 PM 6
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Android has a lot of features that then Apple make cooler, that's how it works :/
posted on Sep 28, 2014, 4:29 PM 1
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Copying is how it works? I thought that was a bad thing.
posted on Sep 28, 2014, 5:09 PM 2
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In before the 3+ page of who had, did what first... As stated Android did alot of things first. Apple has been playing catch up since mid - late 2010. But definitely since 2011. Really.....before the iPhone 4 came out...Android and Win Mo had higher screen res than the iPhone...Apple had been playing catch up for awhile....they do one up Android here n there at times tho.
posted on Sep 28, 2014, 4:44 PM 4
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