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The Pixel 2 has a Google-designed image processing chip, and it’s not even turned on yet

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

We've known for a while that Google was interested in making its own chips. Recently their hardware efforts even bore some fruit, but most of us assumed that it would be quite a while until Google made anything at a consumer level.

Well, it turns out that the new Pixel 2 phones have a bit of Google-designed hardware inside them. It's called Pixel Visual Core, and it brings even better camera performance to the phones - or it will, once it's turned on.

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The Pixel 2 has a Google-designed image processing chip, and it's not even turned on yet was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Essential announces new OTA update to improve camera performance

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

The Essential Phone has a pair of cameras on the back, but more does not always mean better. As demonstrated in our review, the Essential Phone took really mediocre pictures at launch. The company has been working on improving the camera through software with a series of updates, and today the latest one has been announced. Build NMI81C is rolling out now with a number of cameras tweaks.

Here's what you can expect in the new update.

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Essential announces new OTA update to improve camera performance was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Camera on the Pixel 2 will have ‘AR Stickers’

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Google has been experimenting quite a bit with augmented reality recently. Project Tango still hasn't taken off, but the company's new ARCore library promises similar functionality without specialized hardware. The company is expanding on this with new 'AR Stickers' for the Google Camera.

On the Pixel 2, users will be able to pull up a list of AR stickers, which can be dragged and dropped into the viewfinder. The 'stickers' are moving 3D models, which can even interact with eachother (at least ones from the same set).

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Google Camera on the Pixel 2 will have 'AR Stickers' was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

The camera in Google’s new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL looks to be its best yet

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Last year's Pixel was found to be one of the best all-around smartphone cameras. In fact, according to Google, Pixel users take 2x more photos than iPhones, on average. The camera tradition looks to have continued with the latest series of Pixel phones. Of course, you all know what we think about DxOMark. But even so, it appears that the Pixel 2 scored an incredible 98 overall, making it the best phone camera (again) its ever reviewed. 

Dat Camera, tho

On paper, the Pixel 2 phones have a 12.2 MP sensor with 1.4 μm pixels and a f/1.8 aperture.

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The camera in Google's new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL looks to be its best yet was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google announces the Google Clips, a tiny $249 camera of dubious utility

Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

As part of today's announcement, Google revealed the new Google Clips, a tiny camera equipped with Moment IQ machine learning meant to capture "motion photos, "from "unique perspectives." It automatically chooses which moments to record. I'm at a bit of a loss to determine a use-case for it, though.

The so-called "motion photos" are a fancy term for short video without audio, so it sort of sounds like an automatic GoPro, but without the added benefit of audio.

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Google announces the Google Clips, a tiny $249 camera of dubious utility was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

FrontRow review: An interesting concept, but not a great buy at $399

Saturday, September 30th, 2017

Cameras are absolutely essential to our lives these days. After all, what would we do without our Snapchat Stories and Instagram selfies? How else would we communicate with the outside world? There's a reason why cameras have been crammed into everything from smartwatches to quadcopters; the ability to capture our memories so easily and in such great detail, then share them with anyone we'd like to, is simply amazing.

Ubiquiti Networks, a company most famous for its WiFi equipment, thinks so too.

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FrontRow review: An interesting concept, but not a great buy at $399 was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Paranoid Android updated to 7.3.0, adds its own camera app, launcher tweaks, and BlueBorne fixes

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

Our readers are probably quite familiar with Paranoid Android, as the developers behind AOSPA have been prolific over the last months. The latest update for the ROM, which brings it to v 7.3.0, brings a lot of changes. But the biggest addition doubles down on the project's earlier commitment to picture quality. As of today, Paranoid Android has its own camera app.

  

It looks exceedingly simple, but that's deceptive.

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Paranoid Android updated to 7.3.0, adds its own camera app, launcher tweaks, and BlueBorne fixes was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[Update: Now $153] Deal Alert: Amazon has the Nest Cam Outdoor for $158 ($42 off)

Monday, September 11th, 2017

The more that I hear about outdoor IP security cameras, the more I want one. Among the available options is the Nest Cam Outdoor, which is on sale over on Amazon for $157.50; that's $41.50 that you save. Keep in mind that this deal is for a single unit.

Nest's outdoor security camera features 24/7 live video with a 130° view, alerts, weatherproofing, two-way communication, and Alexa support.

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[Update: Now $153] Deal Alert: Amazon has the Nest Cam Outdoor for $158 ($42 off) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

LG V30 camera app gets ported to G6, adds nearly all of the V30’s modes and features

Saturday, September 2nd, 2017

One of the biggest reasons people flash custom recovery or ROMs is so that they can add features from newer phones onto their older devices. Case in point: after less than a week of the LG V30 being officially announced, its camera app has already been ported to its little brother, the G6.

This port, done by Fulmics ROM and Team Venom developer xpirt, brings virtually all of the V30's new camera features, save for the "Cine" mode.

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LG V30 camera app gets ported to G6, adds nearly all of the V30's modes and features was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Essential Phone’s mediocre photo quality can be fixed by a modified Google Camera APK

Friday, September 1st, 2017

Even before the Essential Phone was released, we knew the camera wasn't going to be very good. Sure enough, once the phone got into the hands of reviewers, the camera was by far the most disappointing aspect of the device. But most of the problem doesn't appear to be with the camera sensor, but with Essential's software.

 

Left: Essential Camera; Right: Google Camera with HDR+

TheNextWeb recently posted its review of the Essential Phone, which of course paints the device's camera in a negative light (pun intended).

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Essential Phone's mediocre photo quality can be fixed by a modified Google Camera APK was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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