Google confirms lowering the quality of the Android photo gallery in 2.1

Google confirms lowering the quality of the Android photo gallery in 2.1
Earlier this week, a company called DisplayMate Technology Corporation discovered that the image quality of pictures in the photo gallery were downgraded between Android 2.0.1 and Android 2.1. Using a Motorola DROID, Dr. Raymond Soneira found 24 bit color depth in the pictures on the Android 2.0.1 gallery, which dropped to 16 bit color depth after the upgrade to Android 2.1. Google confirmed Dr. Soneira's findings with the following statement, "The Gallery app in Android 2.0.1 isdifferent from the Gallery app in Android 2.1. Google developed Gallery inAndroid 2.0.1, which uses 24-bit color rendered using 2D technology. On theother hand, Cooliris created Gallery in Android 2.1, which uses 16-bit texturesrendered using 3D technology. We don't have anything specific to share at thistime regarding the Gallery app in future versions." So if you thought that you were losing your eyesight or your mind by thinking that the pictures on your DROID were not as sharp after the upgrade, you can feel better knowing that there was a drop in the gallery's quality. Of course, that fact itself might not make you feel all that well either.

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source: DisplayMate via Gearlog



1. exidor07

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 02, 2010

Shows you what I know. I have thought that the picture quality was better after the update

2. mr. anderson

Posts: 92; Member since: Apr 16, 2009

and this just goes to show that it doesnt matter for 99.9% of the users out there

3. Legacystar

Posts: 131; Member since: Dec 31, 2009

I think his just pertains to the smaller thumbnail views since they are the only thing using 3d and not the full screen view

4. ecml

Posts: 129; Member since: Mar 23, 2010

exactly and I didn't even noticed the difference

5. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

is the down grade due to thew download version only via an upgrade? or is stock out of the box with android 2.1 by default 16 bit rather than 24 bit?

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