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Photo Sphere Software Gets Major Improvement in Android 4.3

Photosphere

As detailed in a Google+ post from Googler Evan Rapoport, the Photo Sphere team worked exceptionally hard to make the software work much better on compatible devices running Android 4.3. Stitching and exposure were always a bit off, but according to Rapoport, a lot of the issues that were found in the initial software have been resolved. 

First, alignment and stitching are much better, giving you more level horizons and fewer errors throughout the image. While environments with lots of moving things are always challenging, scenes like the one attached here with a long flat horizon are now much better.

Second, we’ve improved exposure compensation for each individual frame, producing a beautifully exposed photo sphere. You can compare this to the previous versions that produced gray areas and inconsistent coloring in areas of high contrast (near the sun, horizons, buildings against blue sky, etc.).

Check out the via down below to see how nice and shiny new Photo Spheres will be. Now if only Photo Sphere was available for all devices. Sad face.

Via: +Evan Rapoport

  • Christopher Garofalo

    i have photosphere on my RAZR HD. because of the leaked camera app from the HTC ONE Google play edition. hopefully when this comes out for the HTC One Google play edition, it’ll get leaked cause id love to try it out! since the last camera app was leaked it has been my default camera app.

  • LTE4G

    I hope it fixes the crash/reboots when using photosphere on the Nexus 10…

  • tyguy829

    Does the sideloaded google edition camera have these enhancements?

  • joejoe5709

    If this were a liiiittttlleee bit better and uploadable in more places than G+, I think we’d have a winner.

  • NorCalGuy

    I like the tiny world function of sphere camera gives off some sweet shots

  • NIGHTSCOUT

    Well I wouldn’t know the difference, BECAUSE I’M STILL ON 4.1! Thanks Verizon!

    • Tim242

      Photosphere came in 4.1…

      • NIGHTSCOUT

        Correction, 4.2
        here’s a list of features added in 4.2
        http://bit.ly/S8KHz5

        • Tim242

          That is incorrect. I had a Verizon GNex on ICS. I had photosphere on 4.1, with AOSP ROM’s. Either way, there are zips for the camera that can be flashed.

          • nate

            Just because you had a 4.1 ROM with photosphere doesn’t mean it came with 4.1. It was released with 4.2.

          • Tim242

            Which further proves my point. Anybody that wants it, can have it. You don’t even have to be on a custom ROM.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            The point is, that the original Google Photoshpere APK was not even around, until AFTER the official release of 4.2. You keep trying to make it sound like it was around prior to the official release date of 4.2

          • Tim242

            Dude…I had photosphere in Sept 2012 on my 4.1 Gnex. Say what you will.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            Android 4.2 was officially announced November 13 2012, I don’t think you had Google Photosphere before that date. Maybe a third party application, but not from Google.

          • Tim242

            It was not a 3rd party app. It was the stock camera app. It may have been from a leak, but it was the real deal.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            We don’t have to keep at it like this. Please provide proof of this leaked file, with a date stamp, and I will believe you. Otherwise so far my facts outweigh yours. If you pulled the APK from a website, the webpage is probably still up, right? We’ll know if you were correct, if the date stamp for that webpage is BEFORE November 13 2012

          • nate

            Even then, he still said “Photosphere came in 4.1…” If it was leaked prior to 4.2, he’s still wrong. Adding a leaked feature from an upcoming build =/= a feature of the current build.

          • David Narada Brown

            Jesus! OK guys, Tim is correct. The camera apk, the new clock ( with stop watch and timer), and it seems there was another apk. But they made a flashable zip prior to 4.2 bein released. I too have a galaxy nexus and I flashed this zip and patiently waited for 4.2 ROMs.

          • Tim242

            Thank you! I haven’t had a Gnex in a while, but I was hoping my memory hadn’t failed me haha

          • Steve B

            I too had the handful of leaked 4.2 apps long before Google’s Nexus event last fall. I specifically had both the new clock and the new camera.

          • nate

            Oh, that’s your point? righttt…. *rolls eyes* that really lines up with “Photosphere came in 4.1″

            I’m just going to assume you’re a troll.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            Ya he keeps backpedaling, instead of admitting he made a simple mistake. Personally, I have no problem admitting mistakes. But I have followed Android really closely, and know that I am correct on this one.

          • nate

            Me too. I dont see why people can’t admit they are wrong, especially on the internet. you don’t even know the people you are talking to, so what do you have to lose by admitting you are wrong, and what do you have to gain by trying to sound like you know everything?

          • Tim242

            You need to learn what a troll is. If anything, you meet that criteria. If you look at my other posts on this article, you will see that was indeed my point. Here ya go..”There are stock camera zips that you can flash to get photosphere. Your current camera can still be used as well. This is Android, take advantage of it.”

          • nate

            I don’t care what your other points are. you said “Photosphere came in 4.1…” and we are telling you that you are wrong about that, but you are being an ass.

          • Tim242

            It was in 4.1 ROM’s for the Gnex.

          • nate

            I can make a 4.2.2 ROM with the picture of my own ass as the default background, so is my ass a feature of android 4.2.2?

            Not a great analogy, but i thought it was kinda funny lol

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            Where’s the link? Oh, you can’t provide one? Sucks to be you…..You should have admitted a mistake 20 minutes ago.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            But your first comment was “Photosphere came in 4.1″ And that comment was proven false. Get over it already…..

          • Tim242

            It was in 4.1 for Nexus users. How’s that for ya?

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            Proof or it didn’t happen. I had a Nexus when 4.1 was released… It was NOT on there. Just quit while you’re ahead… you keep sticking your foot in your mouth. Don’t reply without proof…..

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            You’re mistaken. You’re probably thinking about panoramic photo. I had the VzW G-Nex as well, and photo sphere was not on the stock ROM. I vividly remember photo sphere being announced during the 4.2 iteration. I showed you proof, if you cannot prove me wrong with a link, then please stop trying.

          • nate

            Yep. It was the first thing I tried when 4.2.2 factory images for VZW gnex were leaked/released.

          • Tim242

            I didn’t say it was on the stock Vzw Gnex. It was on 4.1 GSM/international stock. It was also on AOSP Vzw ROM’s.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            It was officially announced as part of 4.2. Later on, dev’s ported the APK to 4.1, but you made it sound like it came with 4.1 officially. Also, are you mistaking AOSP with AOKP? Because AOSP 4.1 would not have photo sphere. Link or it didn’t happen. Lastly, as far as I remember, AOSP did not support the VzW G-Nex after 4.1

          • Tim242

            You are the one one confusing. I said, built from AOSP, not all pure AOSP. AOSP support was dropped, but that didn’t stop devs. AOSP support was later added back. I have been installing custom ROM’s since 2009, starting with the HTC Hero. I have had many phones since then. Just since the GNex, I’ve had a Note 2, now an S4. I know what I am talking about : )

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            Your timeline facts are a little shaky though, and you need to be more specific when mentioning AOSP, because there is a huge difference between AOSP and ported AOSP. Look, we all make mistakes once in a while, there’s nothing wrong with admitting you were mistaken about the features list of 4.2

          • nate

            I think he’s trolling. No one can be that dumb.

      • Joshua Jones
    • shecalledmejay

      You’re using your Nexus wrong.

      • NIGHTSCOUT

        I said I *had* the G-Nex, I am currently using a stock 4.1 S3 on VzW

        • shecalledmejay

          OHHHHHH I see

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            My S3 is the first Android phone I’ve had, that I did not root/ROM. It’s sufficient. The only thing missing, is Photosphere.

          • Shane Redman

            Couldn’t you download the camera apk and use it then? It would install like any other app.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            This is true, once I get my phone back from Samsung (warranty repair) I plan to do so.

          • jboogie1289

            So are you just looking for the Photospere camera? Droid Life had an article on here a few months back where a non-rooted device could download the apk and side load it. I did on my VZW Note 2 and it’s pretty cool. You get the stock camera and this one with a separate gallery too.

          • nate

            I don’t know if it’s that easy. For instance, chrome requires android 4.0+, and is unusable on honeycomb, gingerbread, etc. The camera app might be built around the build of android it was released on, so previous versions of android might not be compatible.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            There are a few APK’s that are installable on 4.0+, but they are not official AOSP versions.

          • nate

            Oh ok. I figured someone would make a version compatible with 4.1 and ICS

          • Mark Mann

            i have the photosphere camera on my stock 4.1.2 razr hd

          • Tim242

            There’s an apk for that. http://db.tt/ZodFywZU. You’re welcome.

            And for the 100th time…I did not say it came in stock 4.1 for the Gnex. I said 4.1 ROM’s. If you were taking OTA’s on a Nexus, you were doing it wrong : (

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            Your original comment was “Photosphere came in 4.1″ That comment implies that the feature came stock on 4.1. This is false. 4.1 ROM’s after November 2012 got the APK ported, but the original AOSP 4.1 did NOT have it. Also, never has an Android OS been leaked prior to the Google I/O announcement.

          • nate

            and the 4.2 camera app is actually flashable on ICS, so if you consider taking features from 4.2 and putting them into 4.1 unique features of 4.1, he’s still wrong lol. by his logic, photosphere came in 4.0.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            Ya he’s way down on the credibility scale… I had considered him semi-knowledgeable before, but after today, I question his knowledge.

          • Tim242

            Really now? 4.3 just got announced yesterday. There have been devices with 4.3 in the wild, and even a few ROM’s. You aren’t as smart as you think. I am not going to continue arguing with you, as I have better things to do. Enjoy your photosphere. : )

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            WOW…..can you make yourself look even more dumber than you already have? Please provide proof of a 4.3 leak prior to yesterday?

          • Tim242

            LMAO. Don’t you read this site regularly? A device with 4.3 was at IO, Taylor Wimberly formerly of Android and Me showed it. Someone purchased a device with 4.3, from eBay. Debs walked him through saving a backup, to port. It was written about on this site, and talked about on the DL Show. Again, you aren’t as smart as you think. Use the DL search box, if you need links.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            How many times do I need to repeat myself? I will believe you, when YOU present a link. Am I supposed to search for a link that will prove me wrong? No, that’s your job. Your word means nothing anymore, after you have embarrassed yourself here today.

          • Tim242

            You should be embarrassed.

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            I see you have yet to provide 1 link that proves me wrong. Unlike you, I have no problem admitting a mistake, when someone presents proof. Matter of fact, a few things we discussed today, i’m not 100%, and will gladly admit a mistake. But when it comes to Photosphere, I know what i’m talking about, and you don’t. End of story…..

          • Tim242

            See screenshot above. It proves you are wrong about Android never leaking before announcement. Yet, you try to dodge that. As far as photosphere, I am not wrong. It was in many Gnex 4.1 ROM’s. I am not digging through thousands of XDA threads to find you links. Believe it, or don’t. You obviously aren’t up to snuff with your info. The above screenshot proves that. Not to mention, you didn’t know you could have photosphere : )

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            Yes I did not know I could have Photosphere. At least I am man enough to admit it, unlike you. As for the screenshot, it doesn’t hold much water, but i’ll take it for face value. But until you provide proof of a 4.1 ROM with Photosphere prior to November 13 2012, You lied.

          • Tim242

            Doesn’t hold water? It is there, plain to see. It was even reported on this very site, and talked about on their show. Don’t be mad at me because you don’t stay up to date on Android news. I am an enthusiast, so I keep up. If you want to think I’m a liar, that’s fine. I have no reason to lie. If I could quickly find you proof, I would. But,that was from September. I am not going through that much hassle to prove a point to someone that obviously doesn’t know his stuff, and is very rude. I am not going to reply any further. Have a drink, get some fresh air, and have a good night : )

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            Just remember to bring proof next time…..
            You are too arrogant to admit you were wrong with your original comment “Photosphere came in 4.1″ You have not provided proof for that, and you can’t, because it’s a lie. Good nigh troll, till we meet again.

          • Adamania

            More dumber. I like that.

          • Mark Mann

            just a thought, but when you call someone “more dumber” you’re not exactly doing yourself any favors

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            I think you’re taking it out of context, and also, excuse me for not majoring in English…

          • Mark Mann

            yes…because i majored in kindergarten english…

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            Well, English is my second language, I have not mastered it. If that truly is incorrect, then thank you for pointing that out.

          • Mark Mann

            ah…i’m sorry i blew up then…but yes, if you put -er on the end of a word, you don’t put more before it…

          • NIGHTSCOUT

            From now on, anything you say will be considered boasting, and misinformation. If you want to gain credibility again, back up your “facts” with links.

          • http://androidforums.com/members/kwest12.html kwest12

            You’ve not heard of DashClock then?

        • http://androidforums.com/members/kwest12.html kwest12

          WARNING TO READERS: massive nitpicking cat fight below. Skip unless you’re seriously bored.

  • TSY87

    I always thought photosphere did a much better job at regular wide panos… whenever i did panos with the “pano” feature, the horizon would always be crooked (yes I realize it was because i was holding it wrong). But I think the fact that with photosphere you can capture more space above and below the horizon, it makes it easier to have a straight and level horizon after rendering.

    • Connor Sanders

      Just get the Cynogenmod ROM

      • TSY87

        im waiting for the s4 vzw version to be more stable. I’m currently on cleanrom 1.65

        • Connor Sanders

          Nice, CleanROM is okay. But, there are also stock ROM’s available for the S4! If you look on Google Play they have an S4 running stock Android 4.2.2 with 4.3 on the way. Just wait for that release and then head to XDA Forums or Google Search and dig around abit.

  • tyguy829

    why is that new google edition camera not in 4.3???

    • brkshr

      If you’re talking about the S4 & HTC One GE cameras, they are in 4.3. Or are you talking about the Moto X camera?

      • tyguy829

        No I mean the one from the ge s4 and one. Flashed shiny 4.3 on my gnex, and it still had the 4.2 camera with the full circle controls.

        • brkshr

          You’re right

    • zurginator

      I honestly prefer the circle controls myself.

  • evan brown

    Had good experiences with outdoor photospheres (sunsets etc.) but when I use it indoors in mixed lighting, it always comes out terribly. Hopefully this is improved in 4.3. Your move AOKP.

  • scootle

    glad to hear this… i notice Photosphere has some pretty glaring alignment issues much of the time in 4.2.x

  • JBartcaps

    I always thought photosphere was good in landscape but boy o boy I was wrong, did one photosphere holding the phone in portrait and it came out perfect.

    • Shane Redman

      I’ve never tried landscape….hmmm

      • MacNificent

        I thought it was suppose to be done in portrait the whole time.

  • brkshr

    I thought PhotoSpere did a pretty good job before. I can’t wait to give it a try now.

  • Shane Redman

    As one of few avid photosphere users…..this has highlighted my day

    • http://twitter.com/geoff5093 Geoff Johnson

      As one who always wanted to use Photosphere but never had it because of how late manufacturers are to update their phones, this was depressing.

      • Shane Redman

        I know your pain, bro….I’ve been there

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          You are the one one confusing. I
          said, built from AOSP, not all pure AOSP. AOSP support was dropped, but
          that didn’t stop devs. AOSP support was later added back. I have been
          installing custom ROM’s since 2009, starting with the HTC Hero. I have
          had many phones since then. Just since the GNex, I’ve had a Note 2,
          now an S4. I know what I am talking about : )

      • Tim242

        There are stock camera zips that you can flash to get photosphere. Your current camera can still be used as well. This is Android, take advantage of it.

      • Abhijeet Mishra

        But Photo Sphere is a Nexus-only feature anyway. :-P

        • John Malin

          My Verizon GS3 begs to differ.

          • dreadnatty08

            Same here, been shooting some beautiful ones while in SoCal. A WHOLE lot better than the ones from my Gnex.

    • Greyhame

      My sentiments exactly.

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