Every week, I examine somewhere in the neighborhood of a hundred app updates while looking for changes. The most interesting things turn into APK Teardowns or Download posts. Many of the remaining updates are unremarkable, amounting to a few bug fixes, routine updates to libraries, or even just pixel-level adjustments to layouts and images. However, there are usually a few updates that land somewhere in between. I don't want to spam readers with dozens of short posts, but I hate to ignore things that people might want to know about, so I'm going to wrap up the leftovers for a little weekend reading and call it Update Notes.
An update to Google Photos began rolling out yesterday, and alongside it came a promising blog post about new assistant cards highlighting memories and suggesting rotations for sideways photos. Regular users may recognize that some of these aren't totally new, at least not with this version. However, there are some under-the-hood changes that speak to some interesting things for the future. A teardown shows that the video play may be getting an overhaul and Photos might soon auto-generate time-lapse videos for us.
Hyperlapse is Microsoft's fancy name for smooth time-lapse videos. The Android app can shoot new scenes or import your existing videos and stabilize them, remove the shaking, and either keep them at the same speed or fast-forward them up to 16x for a more adrenalin-pumping effect.
The app received an update to add two important features when you're dealing with video. First is the ability to shoot and export edited video in 1080p, and second is the option to save videos to the SD card. Both options can be found and activated in the app's settings, but they're only available on devices that support them.
Microsoft has released the first Android beta of Hyperlapse Mobile, the culmination of a couple of years research. The app captures video from your camera and outputs a smooth, sped-up time lapse, which is far more complicated than you might expect. It can also convert existing videos. Rather than simply give you an end product that is akin to watching your video on fast forward, Hyperlapse intelligently chooses frames that make it far easier to watch.
This makes the most sense for first-person videos, due in large part to the constantly shifting perspectives and camera shake common to that format. If you shot video while walking around the neighborhood, even with OIS, you would likely be shocked at how much shake and how jarred you'd be by the video played at 4x speed.
TriggerTrap, a remote DSLR trigger app that's already made a name for itself among iOS users, hit the Play Store today (with an Amazon App Store launch coming soon), bringing some impressive remote controls to DSLR-toting Android users.
The app, which costs $4.99, offers a surprisingly long list of fully customizable trigger modes from time lapse to distance lap (your camera will take a photo every 30m), long-exposure HDR, star trail mode, bulb ramping timelapse, and a cable release mode that supports exposures up to a full 24 hours.
This isn't the first remote trigger app we've seen for Android – Chainfire introduced DSLR Controller Beta just over a year ago, and Helicon Remote offered similar functionality back in February.
Popular screen recording app, Screencast, has just received an update with some pretty sweet additions. Those of us who use this powerful app know how awesome it already is, but it just got better with a new time lapse recording feature. I'm sure some users have been waiting for this for some time now, and it sure is welcomed. It'll definitely add a whole new element to app and game demos. In addition, the speed of video processing has more than doubled with this update, and some minor bugs have been exterminated.
Check out these videos of digital speed paintings recorded with Screencast: