Surprise — it's Pixel 6 announcement day, and we're still unpacking everything Google has detailed about its next flagship phone. While there's a whole lot left to learn between now and its eventual launch this fall, the cameras were unsurprisingly a highlight of today's various hands-on articles. And while we expect the Pixel 6 to be another mobile photography powerhouse, it also sounds like Google might've finally got video recording right.
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.
You know the pain of watching a vertical video in a world based on horizontal players. Google took a swing at fixing that with the Google Camera app, which warns users not to do that. Horizon actually fixes the issue by letting you take a proper horizontal video while holding the phone in any orientation. It's magic!
The PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One all allow gamers to record and broadcast gameplay online via Twitch, turning even single-player games into social experiences. Now the technology is coming to Android. Today Twitch has announced the release of its mobile SDK, which game developers can use to provide players with functionality similar to that found on consoles. Mobile gamers will soon be able to share their mobile gaming experience with the rest of the Twitch community.
What features are provided by the Twitch SDK:
The ability to capture and broadcast gameplay video and audio
Video capture from the front-facing camera
Audio capture using an internal or external microphone
Videos can be archived for immediate viewing on Twitch and uploaded for sharing
Broadcast quality can be toggled between High, Medium, and Low settings
Robust chat options including emoticons badges and chat colors
The easy discovery of related broadcasts from other gamers
This revelation begs the next question - will anyone care to watch others play mobile games?
Screencast Video Recorder has been a favorite of ours since its release, and has been featured in our own Top Android Apps Every Rooted User Should Know About and Best Of 2011 posts. Needless to say, we think this app is top notch, and I'm sure tons of other Android users would agree. Not only does it offer video capture with many features, but it has some pretty nice screenshot functionality as well.
The original price of this app is $3.99, and is definitely worth every penny. However, in celebration of 100,000 downloads, Media Solutions has knocked $3 off the original price, meaning you can snatch it up for just $0.99.