Live Photos for all! Google Photos now lets you share and view your moving pictures over iOS, Android, and PC

A couple of years ago, Apple introduced its “Live Photos” — a feature, which has the phone’s camera record a short video that spans the time just before and just after you press the shutter button. Photos are viewable as normal, but force-pressing (or just long pressing if you don’t have 3D Touch) makes them “come alive” with the frames that were captured just before and just after. A neat little feature, great for capturing family moments with that fidgety little one, pets, fireworks, and other unpredictable stuff.

For quite a while, Live Photos have been an exclusive club. If you wanted …


First photos of the HTC U11+, full specs for U11 Life emerge

Despite the recent acquisition of some of its talent and licensing of its IP portfolio by Google, Taiwanese phone maker HTC is set to announce a couple of devices at the start of next month. We know a fair bit of information about them: one will be a mid-ranger named the U11 Life, while the other will be an upgraded variant of the U11, called the U11 Plus.

But today has brought us a bit more information about both of those: the former got a full specs and price reveal, while the latter got its first real-life photos. Exciting!
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Galaxy Note 8 "Pro" mode camera tips & tricks: use RAW and manual controls to take gorgeous photos

In this day and age of mass automation and AI-driven experiences, it may seem counterintuitive to rely on manual camera controls on your brand new, shiny, bezel-less, smartphone. I mean, why even bother with adjusting so many variables when you can just point your phone at something, tap a button, and get an arguably good-looking result? Right? Well, there’s actually a good reason dabble in the mighty manual mode. In fact, let me tell you, using manual mode is just like shooting on full “Auto,” only a heck of a lot better!

Let’s take the Galaxy Note 8 for …

Pixel, Pixel XL owners have unlimited free storage of original photos and videos for life


When the Google Pixel and Google Pixel XL models rolled out last year, Google promised owners of the two devices unlimited free storage of original quality photos and videos in Google Photo. No expiration date was ever mentioned. So when the word came from Mountain View that Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL owners will get the same treatment of their photos and videos, but only through the end of 2020, beads of sweat started to drip off owners of the first-gen models. Would their unlimited storage of original quality photos and videos also expire after three more years?

According …

New photos of Apple iPhone X surface

The same lucky individual who posted a video on Reddit yesterday showing Live Wallpaper on the Apple iPhone X, is at it again. Today, he has posted a trio of photos of the iPhone X that he apparently snapped late last month as the screen shows September 30th as the date. The first picture shows the phone’s lock screen, the notch, ears and more. The second picture reveals the home screen, and the third and final snapshot focuses on the back of the unit.

We’d like to point out a few things here. One, there is a “Confidential and Proprietary” disclaimer on the bottom of the lock screen. This …

The new camera king: Google publishes unedited Pixel 2 photos

Google showed a few examples of what the camera on the new Pixel 2 series is capable of at the official unveiling a few days ago, but today we get to see full-size, unedited pictures thanks to Google Camera Product Manager Isaac Reynolds and we are blown away.

We are blown away with the quality of the Pixel 2 camera

The original Pixel set a new standard for mobile photography with its camera that quickly produced images with incredible dynamic range thanks to the HDR+ technology. The Pixel 2 improves further on that and introduces …

First Huawei Mate 10 Pro photos show off its glass back and tall display in action

Huawei has a whole bunch of Mate 10-branded devices on the horizon, but you’d be excused for only ever hearing about one of them, the Mate 10 Pro. With its tall, nearly bezel-less design, the Pro is the device that most closely follows 2017’s biggest smartphone trend, so it’s no surprise leakers are so focused on it.

But while we’ve seen both the promotional materials and the official renders, the classic in-hand potatocam shot has so far eluded us. But thanks to a user of Chinese social media Weibo, this has just changed:
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Google Clips is an AI-powered camera that takes photos for you

Here you see the freshly announced Google Clips – an entirely new type of camera, as its maker described it. That’s a bold claim on Google’s part, but it might not be far from the truth, given how this gizmo operates. 
Although it kind of looks like a GoPro, Google Clips isn’t an action camera. It is designed with parents and pet owners in mind, Google says, and it is built with a clip that doubles as a stand for easier positioning. But that’s far from exciting, we know. What sounds much cooler is how Google Clips uses machine learning …

Unlimited Google Photos storage for Pixel owners is ending in 2020

Right on the heels of the official Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL announcement, information has surfaced indicating that Google’s offer for unlimited Google Photos storage for original quality images and videos that Pixel owners can take advantage of will be ending in 2020.

Google said nothing of this during the unveiling of its 2017 smartphone lineup, but keen-eyed Reddit users have noticed a fine-print disclaimer in one of the promotional videos that Google aired during the event, saying that the service will end in three years.
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iPhone 8 Plus vs Galaxy Note 8 low light camera shootout: Which is better for taking photos at night?

When it comes to taking pictures in broad daylight, you’d be hard-pressed to point out a recent flagship that’s not capable of snapping a good photo. Yes, some are better than others, but we’ve come to the point where every major smartphone out there is capable of delivering agreeable results when taking pictures during the day. However, the same cannot be said about shooting at night. Low light performance has not traditionally been among the strongest suits of smartphone cameras, although this is gradually changing for the better with each new generation of phones. …