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Video: Google Looks to Reinvent the Holiday Family Photo


Google just published a spot for the Nexus 4 on YouTube, showing off that lovely Photo Sphere feature yet again. This time, Google is out to change the way we shoot our holiday family photos, which is just fine with me. Good luck getting the kids to stay still though.

And of course, the stitching comes out perfect when Google does it.

  • NexusMan

    That’s a hot commercial

  • NOSE!!!!!

  • lemonhead127

    Will photosphere be a feature on every phone that’s running 4.2 or just the Nexus 4?

  • jujubean

    that guys nose is freaking huge!!!!

  • Alexander Anteneh

    better than the apple photo stream/panorama commercials

  • They really need to make the photosphere option available on other phones.

  • muscal

    such an ugly couple

  • Come on VZW, release 4.2 to the GNEX already…

  • Google, gtfo with that fake photosphere picture. I’ve taken 20+ photospheres, not a single one looked half as good as that one.

    • Droidzilla

      I’ve taken ones as good as that one. It’s not every time, but it can happen.

  • JDub

    They hunted for the most diverse family ever to use for this commercial, or a bunch of actors.

    • T4rd

      Definitely actors. Those people were rich as balls too if they’re real.

  • ragjah

    What the family? There’s a negro in the video!!!

  • Homer Rich

    Alright, now the birds! Stand still!!

  • wheineman

    Photosphere stitches amazing well for me once I learned its limitations. It really needs objects you are shooting to be at least 10 feet away. If any part of an object is able to be captured in 3 different photographs, it will fail to stitch properly.

    You will notice that they did not make a complete “Sphere”, but rather a large panograph. If she had turned all the way around, the wall behind her would have been all distorted.

  • shecalledmejay

    Somebody needs to invent a Digital picture frame that can read Photospheres, I would do it myself but I’m not program savvy

  • Why were Leti and Joyce upstairs together? That’s what I want to know..

  • Photosphere is really REALLY cool. Google should be running this ad all day, every day from now until new years.

  • David Becker

    Lol they even zoomed in on the error in aligning the window dividers at the end.

    You would think they wouldn’t want to show the flaws of stitching so many photos together in their commercial.

    • shecalledmejay

      Atleast this way they can say they did show you it’s flaws, what you see is what you get.

  • Lee Sandler

    I feel like Google needs to do what they did with gmail and search for the camera app, put it in the play store and let any device download it.

    • Josh Flowers

      agreed–but only for certain camera features; Photosphere requires a gyroscope in the phone to function (i believe) so it still wouldn’t contain all the bells/whistles of the 4.2 camera

  • “And of course, the stitching comes out perfect when Google does it.” look at the very last part of the video…the window frame. it is not perfect by any means. see, even google acknowledges photosphere isn’t perfect.

    i would love to see this ad run during Christmas time…because i could easily see myself taking a pic just like this on Christmas morning.

    • tobiasmann

      I agree, it does work pretty well outside. I just shot a photosphere pic from my front yard and only got minimal clipping errors. The indoor thing is the problem. If you don’t have a really really large open room then you aren’t going to get a good stich… yet google could update the software and fix the kinks. I have a living room that is about 20’W15’L’20’H and I am being conservative with my estimates. and I get clipping errors.

      As for google showing the flaws. I am more concerned with the HDR style editing done on the outside. Or could it be the nature of the image anyway. I love the feature.

    • MicroNix

      Hey, its gen1 and still an “up” on anything else out there. I mean, look at who just got panoramic pictures this year 🙂

      • awake1563

        ever heard of photosynth?

        • feztheforeigner


        • android has had a photo sphere app since 2.0. Your point is invalid. We’re saying that its was officially added into the OS itself. Generally this is better than most app you can install.

      • legend618

        it was revolutionary

  • Prime7

    That’s cool, but I’d still rather share pornos, GSIII commercial style.

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  • JeffSpikoli

    The software is awesome, it’s just super depressing how bad these cameras packaged with Android phones are. (Galaxy S3 Owner)

    • DigitalEnforcer

      Lol, you should see the camera’s they pack into laptops… Pure Crap. My HP laptop I just bought is supposed to have an HD Truevision camera… its 0.9 Mp

    • MicroNix

      Super depressing? Compared to what? The only thing depressing is low light pictures (which even then the low light settings do a pretty good job). The GS3 has the same camera in it as the iPhone and both take pictures good enough that should you capture the right moment, will still drop jaws. (Galaxy S3 Owner)

    • Droidzilla

      The only decent camera on a mobile is currently on a Nokia, but they run either the crap fest OS WP or the pool o’ diarrhea OS Symbian, so they don’t really count.

  • Is it just me, or does the guy in this video 0:33 have a huge nose? Sorry, but it looks a little too elfish?

    • Josh Flowers

      they DO exist!

    • QQpayne

      He looks much like Super Mario to me. All he needs is a red hat.

      • summit1986

        No way! It’s definitely Luigi.

    • flosserelli

      You know what they say about guys with big noses. The girl in the video looks like she just discovered that.