Did you know that Android had time-lapse video mode before the iPhone 6 made it cool?

Did you know that Android had time-lapse video mode before the iPhone 6 made it cool?
By now you should know that the iPhone 6 comes with an upgraded camera. Hardware improvements allow it to focus faster on its subject and to shoot better images even in low light. In addition, the software's capabilities have been expanded with a few new extras and modes. Among them is the fancy time-lapse video mode, which has been enjoying quite some attention lately.

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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50 Comments

1. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Yet iFans will still be like "Look at this innovation! Apple is so innovative!"...

10. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

That's why i hate ifans.

42. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Lol, iTards are more like it. Which is the reason why they don't even know why they stand in lines for over 14 hours on the launch day - those that legitimately want the phone for themselves.

14. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2146; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

You are claiming that its innovation, not Apple. Nobody is even shouting about having time lapse.

19. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

Yeah from the launch of the iPhone 6 to this day I've never even seen any apple fans who say that apple is so innovative.

26. TheMoltenD

Posts: 109; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

Everything after IOS 6: COPY ZE ANDROIDZ!

28. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The only knew who have said anything about 'innovation' since the iPhone 6 launch are Android fanboys, not iPhone users. Mind you, I'm using a Nexus 5.

29. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The only poeple i know who have said anything about 'innovation' since the iPhone 6 launch are Android fanboys, not iPhone users. Mind you, I'm using a Nexus 5.

46. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

iCopiedFromAndroid

47. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

You know, since months I've not seen any post like that. Aren't You another hater maybe?

2. android_hitman unregistered

did you know that android had a top pull down menu before apple?

4. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

Yeah.

16. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yeah but did you know that 15 minutes can save you 15% or more?

20. Phonecall01 unregistered

Lol. Awesome

43. JMartin22

Posts: 2369; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

Not Apple consumer faithfuls. They can stand out there for 15 hours or more waiting for the iPhone and still don't know they could be saving time.

3. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

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?

25. Topcat488

Posts: 1415; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

*themself

31. zibbyzib2000

Posts: 221; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

*themselves

35. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

That's not even a word. Them is plural, so you can't add them and self.

5. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

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.

39. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

Th slow motion feature on my One M7 isnt a good as it is on my 5s

6. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Android had it in 2011. And here Apple thinks they're great by having it in 2014.

7. srgonu

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Looks like releasing one feature at a time and highlighting it, is the way to go.

8. .AppleJack

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

Android has a lot of features that then Apple make cooler, that's how it works :/

18. tedkord

Posts: 17311; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Copying is how it works? I thought that was a bad thing.

36. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Only if anyone other than Apple does it. And if someone else copies Apple, they'll scratch your eyes right out.

9. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Waiting for Hyperlapse for Android...

11. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

So..... How long before the new inforgraphic that welcomes Apple to 2011, like they did when comparing it to the Nexus 4 (2012)?

12. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

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.

13. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I love that feature, I find myself using it more than the normal mode. Never knew the nexus had it though, any nexus users know how it was to use it?

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