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Galaxy S4 to Feature Samsung Orb, Their TouchWiz Version of Photo Sphere

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Even though it may not work as well as some would either expect or hope it to, Photo Sphere is still one of my favorite additions to Android 4.2. According to a report from Android Geeks, who supposedly have a friend on Samsung’s software engineering team, Photo Sphere will most certainly be present on the upcoming Galaxy S4 from Samsung. Naturally, they are renaming it to Samsung Orb, which throws me off, but I wouldn’t put anything past Sammy at this point. 

That does sort of imply they created the idea, but with Samsung being the only OEM currently making any real money off of Android, I don’t think Google cares what they do at this point. Apparently, the source stated that Samsung Orb will be even better than Photo Sphere, thanks to the “S4’s amazing camera.”

So, with Photo Sphere-like features possibly confirmed on the S4, we can also throw some money down on the device shipping with Android 4.2, unlike someone else’s flagship that was announced recently. Attention OEM’s, if you are making a flagship currently, you best be using Android 4.2+.

Via: Android Geeks

Cheers ItsASamsung!

  • Pedro

    But will the Samsung Orb work with the Play Store Orb?

  • Jack Roberts

    I Hate That Samsung Takes Credit For A Lot Of Google’s Ideas In There Products Like Last Year Google Released Android Beam So They Took The Idea With S-Beam Its Stupid.

  • possomcrast1

    Samsung:Let’s take what Google does great and make it horrible.

  • DiegoKokomo

    Hopefully they can squeeze the Verizon logo onto the shutter button too.

  • “Their Touchwiz Version of……” That is all I needed to read to roll my eyes.

  • MatthewSimmons

    Does Samsung actually gain anything from putting TouchWiz on their phones? Imagine if they didn’t waste all the time and effort writing TouchWiz and instead just released stock Android on their phones, there would be less bugs to work out and when Android updates were released the time it takes for the update to be running on users phones would be drastically reduced. Every time I read there is going to be a new version or TouchWiz, Sense, or Blurr I wonder when will they learn that the majority of users don’t want the terrible UI overlays.

    • You do realize that they spend millions in software engineering for touchwiz…and wether you like it or not it has some very very great features…..don’t like it buy a nexus, or get the S4 and put a custom ROM on it….touchwiz is not bad anymore I have waaaay more positive things to say about it then negative.

      • MatthewSimmons

        What features does TouchWiz have that you can’t find in the Play Store? Why not give users the option to have these features instead of forcing it upon them.

        • We could start with the Camera software,Sharing features,all of the motion and gesture commands, different lockscreen options, MULTI WINDOW multitasking, text messaging layouts amongst other things….

          I don’t own an S3 or Note but I have used both and they are exceptional devices! When I think touchwiz I dont necessarily think of the OS as it is in fact android and all of android core features are there just with added bonuses. When I think touchwiz I think of their launcher which I DONT like however with a simple download from the play store Nova launcher works wonders……all I’m saying is test drive these new string of devices they do not feel like S1 which felt clunky or obstrusive they are very fast and “touchwiz” has killer features

          • MatthewSimmons

            I had an S3 and a Note 2, there is nothing that Samsung did to improve the camera on either phone that wasn’t already baked into Android. If anything they made it slower.

            The motion gestures were clumsy and difficult to use. For example to fast scroll to the top of a list you double tap the top of the phone but it NEVER worked. You could also turn the phone over to mute but again you can get that stuff in the Play Store, there is no reason to have it installed on my device. Give users the option to choose!

            I just don’t see the benefit of molesting the phone’s software for very marginal gain at the cost of millions only to further fragment the Android OS and cause countless update delays and problems. There is no need for it.

          • I will agree to disagree…as long as the Hardware is solid flashing a custom ROM is only a unlocked bootloader away 🙂

    • John Kiser

      This is something i never got either. Why not make these default UI changes into a launcher suite that can be turned on and off and then only have to worry about updating that? I mean most all of the features are integration with certain services and the like or their own app versions of this or that would are easily done in a launcher suite vs going into the core OS and changing the overall visuals…

  • J Dub

    Well the did ruin the camera and gallery on TW JB. I love being able to swipe from camera to gallery and then swipe to delete pictures. Not so much on TW JB.

  • Verizon

    Another quality CheezWiz “improvement” by Samsung. Shouldn’t it be called S-ORB or sORB?

    • flosserelli

      I won’t complain about Samsung adding a feature to their camera app, but surely they can come up with a better name than “Orb”, which sounds like a kinky sex toy. On second thought, maybe Samsung is trying to target a new demographic.

  • Go Hawkeyes

    WTF! Why doesn’t Samsung just create their own OS already and dump Android. They have to copy and ruin every bit of it. Don’t get me wrong, I love my GS3. But it’s the hardware I love. Samsung’s bastardized vision of Android was ripped off the thing the day I got it and AOSP Android was installed (Liquid to be exact, best ROMS ever!).

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    • adam king

      I don’t quite know Samsung has “ruined” android. Many of their software enhancements a). add good functionality and b). can be disabled. If you don’t like Samsung phones then buy a Nexus device.

      • Go Hawkeyes

        Show me a beautiful Nexus device that works without problems on my grandfathered Verizon unlimited and I’ll buy it.

  • DC_Guy

    Can’t wait until they try to ditch Android and push everyone to Tizen. That should go over like a lead balloon.

  • Captain_Doug

    This is why I’ll never buy a Samsung. That and the cheap plastic.

  • Guest

    Attention OEM’s, if you are making a flagship currently…make enough to cover orders so you don’t fail like another recent flagship device.

    • John Kiser

      I wouldn’t really call the Nexus 4 a flagship device. The nexus line have always been good phones but they aren’t like massively advertised. They are meant as development standpoint style phones not overt flagships. We didn’t even see people referring to the Nexus line as flagship at all until the Nexus 4..

  • Mordecaidrake

    I want this phone, but I also want the Nexus 5. But I’ll likely get neither because Verizon is full of douches.

    • Justin Winker

      99.9% sure Big Red will get the GS4, especially with how well the GS3 sold.

      • flosserelli

        And I’m 99.9% sure it will be locked down tighter than a nun’s nasty until the xda wizards crack it.

        • Justin Winker

          Lol, true. Samsung sucks at locking their bootloaders – that or they want the public to unlock it. If you really want the public not to be able to mess with that, do what Moto does – they’ve locked theirs fairly well.

  • TheDrunkenClam

    Want this phone, buy won’t buy until it gets a boot loader unlock.

    • Rafael K.

      All Samsung phones have their bootloader factory unlocked.

      • Not true….S3 from verizon was and I believe still remains locked….XDA guys released a tool to unlock but def not a factory unlock

  • ceejw

    And like most Samsung additions to Android it will be ugly, poorly designed and a waste of everyone’s time.

    • Justin Winker

      But they will advertise it and people will buy it. Unlike HTC.

      Isn’t PhotoSphere a copyright of Google? Couldn’t they force Samsung to use that as the name over Orb?

      • Zac St. Louis

        not if they change some aspect about it, like how it’s rendered or the god awful top and bottom pictures that are missing

    • Austin Warren

      I love Music Hub.

      • ceejw

        Music Hub is interesting because it’s one of the few Samsung apps that actually looks pretty good visually. It’s nice that it combines local music and subscription music but I still find it to be worse than the two dedicated apps I use to do the same thing. Rdio and Google Music.

      • tyguy829

        …said no one ever. it’s like the next app i disable right after all the vzw accessories crap

    • Verizon

      Meet Samsung, the Apple of Android.

      • Richard Yarrell

        Point blank Samsung is android plain and simple. Even silly Nexus devices don’t compare to the Galaxy S2, Galaxy S3, Galaxy Note, and Galaxy Note 2. Bottom line Nexus devices are severely out classed in everyway.

        • Really? How’s S-Voice treating you? Oh wait…it sucks. Please don’t even compare the Nexus 4 features with a Galaxy phone. The nexus 4 has far superior features than a lame galaxy touchwiz phone. You’re just a samsung sheep, like apple isheep. who think everything samsung makes is amazing and superior.

        • Verizon

          I’m so sorry that I missed another one of your pointless Samsung Fluffing posts. BTW, what are you actually yammering on about here? You’ve listed a bunch of Samsung phones and your saying how great they are while bashing Nexus devices (2 of those were made by Samsung, BTW), but there doesn’t appear to be a single point to any of it.

          Anyone who has read one of your posts, this month, knows that you have a geek chubby for Samsung. We get it, Samsung rules and every other manufacturer is crap. The funny part is that you don’t even see how your comment proves my original comment on so many levels. Stop being such a fanboy. Fanboys are idiots no matter what they are fans of because they are fanatical and fanatics are serious idiots. Grow up a little.

    • Richard Yarrell

      That sounds so drastically like stock android in general. Samsung nature UI pisses all over stock android all day long.

      • squiddy20

        You’re kidding, right? Samsung’s “Nature UI” looks almost exactly like Gingerbread with a bit more gaudy flair, in the same way that HTC’s Sense has been so over-the-top and full of eye candy (until version 5 and maybe 4) for dopes like you, but no really useful features.

  • mustbepbs

    Galaxy S4 to feature Samsung’s newest feature:

    Samsung Robot, their version of Android.

    • EvanTheGamer

      Let’s hope not.

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    • Richard Yarrell

      No doubt Samsung will do much better with this photo sphere featurethan google. After all software and features are Samsung’s true strength. Android has benefitted from Samsung and vice versa. The Galaxy S4 will be a great device.

      • michael arazan

        If LG could make stock panorama better, I’m guessing Sammy can make photo sphere better, we need better camera software in Android and no place to go but up, can’t wait to see what Motorola also does with X

  • Josh Hendrix

    Samsung acts like a kid in a shop. “Must touch everything!”

  • 4n1m4L


  • Josh Hendrix

    Samsung acts like a little kid in a shop. “Must touch everything!”

  • I guess that means they don’t plan on dropping S-Voice anytime soon -___-

    • Did we ever really think that was going to happen? They love that junk lol

      • There was just that tiny bit of hope, aaaaaaaand it’s gone.

      • Svoice truly does suck!!! Keep in mind they released this to compete with SIRI prior to google announcing google now and now its too late for them to simply just drop it…one more app to disable

    • John Kiser

      Wish they would… It’s pretty much based on the same software siri is while google now is actually a fresh service