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Verizon V30 update brings handful of new camera features, always-on display tweaks, and recent monthly patches

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

The V30 may be over a year old at this point, but the Verizon version was updated just yesterday with a handful of new features, including some camera functionality tweaks and additional always-on display modes inherited from the newer G7. The security patch level has also been bumped up to November 2018.

The full changelog is available over at Verizon, but the short version is that this update delivers portrait mode to the front-facing camera (complete with adjustable blur) and a new "Flash Jump-Cut" mode that captures and creates GIFs based on a 3 second timed capture, in addition to those always-on display changes.

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Verizon V30 update brings handful of new camera features, always-on display tweaks, and recent monthly patches was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Samsung once again gets caught using DSLR photo as Galaxy A8 sample

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018

Don't use images taken from vastly more capable photography equipment and try to pass them off as phone camera samples — it's a pretty simple rule, yet Samsung just can't seem to get the hang of it. Earlier this year, its Brazilian marketing department tried to fool potential Galaxy A8 buyers with stock photography in lieu of actual samples, and now it's happened again.

The Korean tech giant got busted last time when someone spotted a couple of photos from Getty Images that were used as sample selfies.

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Samsung once again gets caught using DSLR photo as Galaxy A8 sample was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google used this ridiculous 5-phone case to fine-tune the Pixel 3’s portrait mode

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

We were pretty impressed with how the Pixel 2's portrait mode worked, and Google's deep dive into the technical details was easily one of my favorite reads of last year. The company must have recognized what a hit it was, as a new explanation for the differences behind the Pixel 3's depth-sensing tech was just published. As always nowadays, a big chunk of the changes are due to the magic of neural networks, but Google also has a "Frankenphone" 5-Pixel case to thank for the Pixel 3's Portrait progress.

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Google used this ridiculous 5-phone case to fine-tune the Pixel 3's portrait mode was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Photos v3.23 prepares adjustable bokeh effect, frees up storage space by lowering saved photo quality, and more [APK Teardown]

Thursday, June 21st, 2018

Google Photos version 3.23 just started making the rounds, but there doesn't appear to be anything immediately changing with the update. However, the traditional clues about upcoming features are certainly there to be seen. We can look forward to applying some of those smooth bokeh effects of portrait mode, and this time, we'll control the intensity of the blur. There will also be a new option to downgrade your already backed-up photos to high quality so you can get back some of that cloud storage.

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Google Photos v3.23 prepares adjustable bokeh effect, frees up storage space by lowering saved photo quality, and more [APK Teardown] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Google Camera mod update brings back HDR+ to Nexus phones [APK Download]

Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

What makes the camera on Google's Pixel phones so good has more to do with the software than the hardware. Google's image processing is far ahead of its rivals, which is why it can boast a competitive Portrait Mode with only a single camera. Thanks to the Camera NX mod, it's possible to get similar results on many other phones, including non-Google ones.

Version 5.2 of the official Google Camera app was released last week, and it actually removes some functionality from 2015's Nexus 6P and 5X.

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Google Camera mod update brings back HDR+ to Nexus phones [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Get the Pixel 2’s portrait mode on your first-gen Pixel phones, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X with this mod [APK Download]

Monday, January 1st, 2018

Portrait mode became one of the most popular features for cameras in 2017. Apple's iPhone lineup, the Galaxy Note8, the OnePlus 5T, and even the Essential Phone have it in their camera apps. However, owners of older phones were left out of the fun. Luckily, serial Google Camera modder Charles Chow has created a modded Google Camera APK with portrait mode on board for the first-generation Pixel and Pixel XL, the Nexus 6P, and the Nexus 5X.

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Get the Pixel 2's portrait mode on your first-gen Pixel phones, Nexus 6P, and Nexus 5X with this mod [APK Download] was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Essential Camera app gets updated with portrait mode, reduced compression, and more

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

In spite of its fancy dual camera setup, the Essential Phone did not take great photos at the time of our review. Since then, Essential has been working hard on updating various aspects of the phone, including the camera software. Amidst Andy Rubin's leave of absence, the company has just released a new version of its Essential Camera app that adds portrait mode, reduced compression, and some other things.

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Essential Camera app gets updated with portrait mode, reduced compression, and more was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Portrait mode is failing randomly for some Pixel 2 XLs when used in succession with burst mode

Friday, October 27th, 2017

Portrait mode is one of the things I'm most looking forward to trying on my Panda Pixel 2 XL — at least, when it finally ships sometime around Christmas. But it would appear that it might be bugging out in some circumstances. For some, photos taken in portrait mode are inexplicably registering as burst photos without any of the portrait mode magic being applied to them. 

The issue doesn't seem too widespread, but the specifics required to trigger it could be a limiting factor.

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Portrait mode is failing randomly for some Pixel 2 XLs when used in succession with burst mode was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Portrait mode on the Pixel 2 mimics the results of an SLR, and here’s how it works

Friday, October 20th, 2017

The Portrait mode on the new Pixel 2 phones is impressive. With just a single camera, the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are able to mimic a convincing depth of field effect, like that created by much larger hardware. It isn't quite as good as an SLR, but it's a reasonable approximation. And if you were interested in exactly how it works, we've put together an explanation. 

For the full details, you can read the full Google's post on its Research Blog yourself, but we've assembled a simplified synopsis for exactly how it all works.

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Portrait mode on the Pixel 2 mimics the results of an SLR, and here's how it works was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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