Google Launches “Views” as a Place to Share Your Photo Spheres and Panorama Shots of the World

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If you own a Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Google Play Edition phone or have flashed a stock Android 4.2 ROM that supports Photo Sphere, Google has given you a new service to upload your beautiful pictures of the world to. It’s called Views, and is somewhat of an extension of Google Maps. All Google asks that you do is take Photo Spheres as you travel the globe and then share them to Views to create one of the coolest photo collections we have ever seen.  (more…)

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.  (more…)

LG Optimus G Pro Finally Fully Detailed – 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 Processor, 2GB RAM, and 1080p 5.5-inch Display

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LG finally fully unveiled the Optimus G Pro yesterday. The device will be on display at Mobile World Congress next week before it makes its way to the U.S. in Q2 of this year. The official specs, which we mostly knew, are now confirmed as a 5.5″ FHD (1080p) display (400ppi), 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage (expandable SD slot to 32GB), 13MP rear camera  2.1MP front camera, 3140mAh battery, is only 9.4mm thick, runs Android 4.1.2, and is powered by the brand new Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7GHz.

Beyond specs, the Optimus G Pro will feature “advanced UX features” that were developed specifically for this device. Two of them are Dual Recording mode and Virtual Reality Panorama. Dual Recording allows users to capture video with both the front and rear cameras at the same time in a picture-in-picture experience. VR Panorama sounds a lot like Google’s Photo Sphere, in that you can pan horizontally and vertically to grab full 360-degree shots.

The device sounds incredibly impressive on paper, especially with the new Snapdragon processor and 1080p 5.5″ display. We don’t know pricing or carrier partners at this time.  (more…)

Super Charged Hatka ROM For DROID DNA, Brings Android 4.1.1 and Photo Sphere (Update)

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Been craving to try a new ROM on that DROID DNA of yours? Well, we have one that might deserve a look from you. Super Charged Hatka from developer MustafaHadaKing over on XDA brings your DNA up to Android 4.1.1, while also delivering one of Android 4.2’s most popular features, Photo Sphere. On top of that, there is also a working stock “vanilla” theme to make sure you aren’t having to deal with HTC’s Sense software. This, in and of itself, is a #win for some people.  (more…)