Most phones require a few software tweaks after being released, which are delivered as OTA updates. One of the main things being improved is the camera performance, but Motorola won't have to do that with the new Moto G. There's a new "Camera tuner" app in the Play Store that can handle that in lieu of a full OTA. Read More
Virtual reality is the hot new-ish thing these days, but making your own fully immersive 360-degree content is far from a simple experience. Samsung might be getting ready to release a companion to the Gear VR called the Gear 360. According to SamMobile, it's a 360-degree camera that records video using two 180-degree fisheye lenses. Read More
GoPro is by far the most recognizable action camera brand, but Yi (a Xiaomi company) has been selling the YI Action Camera internationally for some time. Now, it's available in the US for just $99.95. That's a lot cheaper than a current-gen GoPro, and the app looks pretty solid as well. Read More
Verizon has just started selling the DROID Turbo 2, but the camera experts at DxOMark got their hands on a unit early to test its capabilities, and the results are good. Motorola's newest Verizon-exclusive device scored an 84 in DxO's tests, which places it in the number four position. Read More
It's always something with Nexus cameras. This year Google assures us that the Nexus 5X and 6P will have great photo taking capabilities, but it's hard to let go of the past and all those broken promises. While the 6P does indeed look like an impressive phone for snapping pics, the 5X might struggle a bit more. According to Dave Burke in the Reddit AMA, the 5X won't have electronic image stabilization, 240fps mode, or SmartBurst because it's not fast enough. Read More
As smartphones become more mature, it gets harder to truly innovate. Lenovo is at least trying something new with the new VIBE S1. It has not one but two front-facing cameras. Why would you want this? I don't know, but it exists anyway. Read More
Motorola has struggled to produce a phone with a top-quality camera, but this might finally be Motorola's year. The newly announced Moto X Style has already found its way into the hands of the photo experts at DxOMark, and they're impressed. The 21MP sensor on the new Moto X is reportedly almost as good as the Samsung Galaxy S6 and tied with the Note 4. Read More
FLIR has announced its second generation thermal camera smartphone add-on will be coming to Android in July. The FLIR ONE plugs into the microUSB port on your phone to provide thermal imaging at four times the resolution of the first generation version. That kind of technology doesn't come cheap, though. It'll run $249.99 when it ships next month.
In a public presentation, Samsung has discussed some of the technical-oriented plans they have for the next few years. These can be summed up as all in the service of reducing the size of components and making them more efficient. Concrete goals include making batteries smaller but also more energy-dense, reducing charge time, and slimming down camera sensors.
According to their talk, their batteries now have a density of 700Wh/l (Watt-hour per liter). They're hoping to ramp that up to 750 by the end of next year and 780 by 2017, with the plan to begin shipping new products with these advances by then as well. Read More