The worst part of any holiday gathering is the annoying relative who makes everyone get out of their seats to stand awkwardly in one place for a family photo. But Google (GOOG) is hoping its Nexus 4 smartphone can solve this little issue with Photo Sphere, one of the coolest features that the company rolled out with its Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update this past fall. Basically, Photo Sphere is a fancy camera feature that lets you take panorama images by picking a central starting point and then filling things out by snapping additional pictures around your central image. In a new advertisement, Google shows off how one person can use Photo Sphere to take expansive family photos without making anyone move from their current locations. The full video for the ad is posted below. More →
Despite canceling its Android event on Monday, Google (GOOG) still managed to announce the Nexus 4 smartphone, Nexus 10 tablet and Android 4.2. While the latest operating system update retains the Jelly Bean name, it brought a bunch of new features to Android such as gesture typing, multi-user accounts for tablets, AirPlay-like Miracast screen sharing and a new panorama photo feature called Photo Sphere. Android 4.2 will debut on the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 on November 13th, however Android enthusiasts can experience some of the latest features even sooner. Hackers from the forums at XDA Developers have managed to port Photo Sphere to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus running Android 4.1. Installing the feature is rather simple, although it does mean that you’ll have to root your device, which in turn will void your warranty. If you are interested in checking out Photo Sphere be sure to check out the source link below.