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Polaroid Insta-Share Moto Mod attaches a printer to your smartphone Motorola has officially announced its Polaroid Insta-Share Moto Mod, a small Polaroid instant printer that attaches directly to the back of the Moto Z smartphones. Nov. 16, 2017
Google Research explains the Pixel 2 portrait mode Background-blurring portrait or bokeh modes have pretty much become a standard feature on dual-camera equipped phones. Similar effects can be achieved with single-lens devices but operation tends to be more cumbersome, with more manual interference required, and results less realistic than on dual-camera setups. Oct. 19, 2017
Surprise! Google hid a custom-built image processor inside the Pixel 2 Google's Pixel 2 launch event on October 4th put a lot of emphasis on the new smartphone's camera capabilities. However, the presenters at the event left out one very interesting detail: Google Visual Core. Oct. 18, 2017
HDR is enabled by default on the iPhone 8 Plus, and that's a really good thing Capturing HDR (high dynamic range) photos using an iPhone or iPad camera isn’t a new feature, but using it in the iPhone 8 Plus is the first time I’ve been wowed by it. Oct. 16, 2017
Google Camera HDR+ Port Updated with Zero Shutter Lag, More Xiaomi Device Support, and Major Bug Fixes As is reported earlier this month, Google Camera was ported with working HDR+ to any devices that used a Snapdragon 820/821 or 835 chip (with the exception of the ZTE Axon 7, according to reports from other users). It has also been reported to work on certain Snapdragon 4XX or 6XX devices such as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4, though this requires the devices to have the Camera2 API enabled. Since the initial, rather buggy release, the Google Camera port has received updates to fix major bugs, bring more Xiaomi devices on board, and has also introduced Zero Shutter Lag for automatic HDR+ mode. Oct. 13, 2017
New Samsung image sensors use dual pixel for fast AF and fake bokeh Samsung Electronics has launched a couple of new image sensor—both intended for use in mobile devices—under its ISOCELL sensor brand—the ISOCELL Fast 2L9 and the ISOCELL Slim 2x7. Oct. 12, 2017
Google's unlimited full-res photo storage for Pixel 2 owners ends in 2020 As with the original Pixel handsets, Google is stressing the quality of its Pixel 2 phone's 12MP camera, calling it the "world's highest rated smartphone camera" thanks to its DxOMark score of 98. The smartphone doesn't start shipping to buyers until November 15th, but ahead of that the company has shared a gallery of unedited images and videos taken with the handset. Oct. 10, 2017
Google's unlimited full-res photo storage for Pixel 2 owners ends in 2020 Google is offering Pixel 2 buyers a special perk that allows them to store an unlimited number of full-resolution photos and videos through Google Photos, but it comes with a catch. Fine print listed at the bottom of Google's Pixel 2 product page notes that the free unlimited full-res storage is only available until 2020; at that point, the handsets will revert to Google Photos' typical 'high-quality' unlimited storage option. Oct. 10, 2017
Pixel 2 gets Moment's add-on camera lenses (and cases) Moment now offers four lenses that can be attached via its cases to Google's Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL phones. Oct. 09, 2017
Apple's tricky iOS 11 photo tech gets a helping hand Apple's new phone software means your photos take up half the space they used to, and that's great. But it also can bring some complications. Oct. 09, 2017
Snapseed app updated with new interface and presets, adds perspective tool to iOS Google has just pushed out an update to Snapseed, the popular mobile image editing app for iOS and Android. The update (version 2.18) is for both versions of the app, and offers users on both mobile platforms a new interface and 11 new image presets. Additionally, the iOS update has brought the app's Perspective Tool to Apple's mobile devices, enabling users to adjust the horizon and "skewed lines" using their iPhone or iPad. Sep. 27, 2017
Google Pixel’s HDR+ trick makes almost any Android camera better The Google Pixel is often considered to have the very best camera around thanks to some truly effective software processing. Now you can get that same processing on almost any recent Android flagship. Sep. 11, 2017
Xiaomi teams up with Google on the $234 Mi A1, its first Android One phone The juicy report that did last month is true: Xiaomi has indeed partnered with Google for its next phone, an Android One handset dubbed the Mi A1 that’s priced at Rs. 15,000 ($234) and will be available across Asia, Europe, and Mexico later this month. Sep. 08, 2017
SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 8 HANDS-ON REVIEW Samsung Galaxy Note owners have always been cut from a different cloth. It was the original Galaxy Note that popularized ‘phablets’ back in 2011, and Note owners love their devices so much they refused to return the recalled Note 7, which had a tendency to catch fire and explode. Aug. 24, 2017
WITH ‘PURE’ ANDROID AND ZEISS OPTICS, THE NOKIA 8 DOES ITS BADGE PROUD It’s hard to think of HMD Global as “a startup.” The company launched in early 2017 and skyrocketed into the spotlight due to its licensing partnership to use the Nokia brand name for its smartphones. Other than a handful of feature phones, the company launched three budget smartphones: The Nokia 3, the Nokia 5, and the Nokia 6. The latest to join the family is also HMD’s first flagship smartphone — the Nokia 8. Aug. 17, 2017
Google's Pixel camera software has been made to work on other recent Android phones We’re big fans of the Google Pixel’s camera, which uses some complex software to take its fantastic images. A Ukrainian app developer has found a way to port that software to any device that uses a Snapdragon 820/821 or 835 processor, so users can take their own HDR+ pictures without the Google Pixel. Aug. 15, 2017
Former Google SVP prefers iPhone over Android for mobile photography Vic Gundotra was an SVP of engineering at Google for almost eight years before leaving the company in 2014, and heavily involved in running Google's mobile initiatives. However, despite being one of the main drivers behind Android from 2007 to 2010, Gundotra appears to prefer Apple's iPhones over Android devices, at least for photography. Aug. 01, 2017
OnePlus 5 camera shootout vs. Galaxy S8 and Google Pixel In my opinion, if you're after the absolute best camera you can find in an Android phone, the Galaxy S8 is the way to go still. But the OnePlus 5 takes brilliant shots that are almost as good and won't empty your bank balance in the process. Jun. 29, 2017
Apple Photos takes on Google with new tricks Apple announced some changes to its photo app Monday that might help it keep pace with rival Google on the photos scene. Jun. 20, 2017
How Apple is squeezing more photos into your iPhone There's a good chance HEIF will barge into your life. Not only does it let you squeeze more photos onto your phone, HEIF also modernizes digital photography in important ways. Jun. 19, 2017
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