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Galaxy S4: Samsung Orb instead of Photo Sphere

Loie Favre (translation)

One of my favourite features belonging to Android 4.2. is the camera function called Photo Sphere. It allows me to take fantastic 360 degree pictures. For this reason, I was happy to hear that the soon-to-come Galaxy S4 will be able to take the same type of photos. However, Samsung is cooking up a new concoction that will be called ''Orb''. And I'm not sure whether I like it or not yet.

 Android Geeks received information regarding the new camera function from a developer belonging to the Galaxy S4 team. According to the source, Samsung Orb should work even better than Photo Sphere, thanks to Galaxy S4's ''outstanding camera''. Samsung is allegedly working closely with Facebook, so that its users will be able to share Orb images just like normal pictures.

Apparently Samsung will unveil the Galaxy S4 as soon as March 14th. The developer informed the Android Geeks that Orb is still stuck in the beta phase and will probably not be ready by this date. Samsung will then subsequently update the function later on.

All in all, this means that Orb should be better than Photo Sphere because of Galaxy S4's excellent camera. You could also deduce that the functions themselves won't receive any bigger benefits. Furthermore, since the device using Android 4.2 will soon been released, why isn't Samsung using Photo Sphere straight away? I installed APK on my Galaxy 3 with CyanogenMod 10.1 and it works quite well. Maybe they are going this route because of Facebook's involvement? Now, if only that could work just as well as the presentation of Photo Sphere pictures on Google+. What do you think about this?

(Image: kwe)