New Apple videos poke fun at Google Play Store, non-iPhone portrait photos

Apple just released two short videos aimed at convincing non-iOS users to switch to an iPhone. Of course, by non-iOS, we basically mean Android, since this is the only other smartphone platform that’s relevant right now.
The first new Apple video compares “your” app store to the App Store, poking fun at the former for being unsafe and possibly containing apps that figuratively blow up in your face. The video doesn’t mention Google’s Play Store, but, let’s be honest, this is the only non-Apple app sore that matters, and it’s obviously the focus of the video.  
Historically, …

Instagram introduces new portrait mode & mention sticker in Stories

Instagram is introducing a new portrait mode to its popular Stories feature. The Facebook-owned social network has been consistently updating Instagram Stories with new features ever since it launched back in August 2016, most recently by re-introducing GIF stickers. Now, however, as part of a completely new update, Instagram has announced the launch of a new camera mode, dubbed “Focus.”

Following in the recent bokeh trend, Focus mode allows users to blur out the background of their images, although it is currently limited to select devices. This works via artificial intelligence that will …

App for iOS allows the Apple iPhone 7 Plus to copy the black Portrait Lighting background from iPhone 8/X

Those with the Apple iPhone 7 Plus might understandably wish they had upgraded to the Apple iPhone 8 Plus or Apple iPhone X, especially if they like the Portrait Lighting feature on the new models. With Portrait Lighting, users can create certain depth effects with the background of a portrait, including a black background that completely hides the location where the portrait was snapped.

Until now, those with the iPhone 7 Plus had to jailbreak their phone in order to access the feature. But now, a photography app named Focos that has already been sitting in the App Store, has added a new …

Apple promo video shows how it came up with Portrait Lighting

With the use of the Portrait Lighting feature on the Apple iPhone 8 Plus and Apple iPhone X, users can create “dramatic lighting effects” when taking a portrait or a selfie. One of the coolest features is the Stage Light setting, which allows users to make the background disappear completely into a sea of black while light shines on the subject. Other settings include Natural, Studio, Contour or Stage Light Mono.

A new promo video released today by Apple explains how Portrait Lighting was created. Apple says that it studied “the art of portraiture from paintings to photographs.” …

Results: People enjoy shooting in Portrait mode

So, Portrait Mode has been around for a while now. Manufacturers put it in their top (and not-so-top) phones, app developers made software that smulates the feature, even Google jumped on board and achieved it with a single camera module. And while it has been fun to use and dissect, we wondered if it has gotten old for most people by now.

After taking a bazillion photos of your kids, your pets, your partner, and even yourself, the novelty should wear off. So, what now. Is Portrait Mode still useful or was it just hype? We asked you…

Spoiler: turns out plenty of people still enjoy …

Latest Apple iPhone X ad is all about the selfie, Portrait Lighting, and Muhammad Ali

Ming-Chi Kuo is arguably the most connected Apple analyst on this planet. Working for KGI Securities, Kuo has a fabulous track record and when he talks about Apple products, people listen. For example, while everyone was wondering early last year where Apple was going to put Touch ID on the iPhone X, Kuo already knew the answer. Consider this paragraph written by yours truly last February, seven months before the phone was unveiled. Just keep in mind that back then, we all thought that the tenth anniversary model would be called the iPhone 8:

“Ming-Chi Kuo recently said that the …

Google's Portrait Mode has been ported to most Android phones, including Samsung Galaxies with Exynos processors

While everyone out there is busy simulating large camera apertures and shallow depth of field by using two cameras and some crazy algorithms, Google did what it does best when it released the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL and doubled down on the crazy algorithms, sans the multi-camera modules. Essentially, Google brought Portrait Mode to its phones without the need for a second sensor — it just uses machine learning to split and analyze the data from the sensor of its primary camera.

Now, if you own a phone with a single main camera, like the Galaxy S7 or S8, or if you have one of LG’s fisheye-bearing …

How to get Pixel 2's portrait mode on the original Pixel, the Nexus 6P, and the Nexus 5X

Camera NX is a Google Camera mod that has previously brought neat Pixel 2 features, including HDR+ and zero shutter lag, to older Pixel and Nexus devices, and even some non-Google phones. However, one of the best new camera features of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL—or at least on of the trendiest—has yet to make its way to other phones, by official means anyway. Yes, we’re talking about portrait mode, and we’re happy to report that this changes with the latest version of Camera NX!
Camera NX V7.3, released a couple of days ago, brings Portrait mode to the original …

Google Pixel 2 vs iPhone X, Galaxy Note 8 portrait camera comparison: is one camera really enough?

Instagram would have been super silly during the Renaissance years, don’t you agree? Seriously: imagine dinner being served, then an artist is summoned to draw a painting of your dish, after which a carriage arrives to pick up the painting and deliver it to your crush. And then you start eating your pork belly soup. Luckily, we have smartphones – smartphones that can not only take great photos, but also make these photos more fun and better at grabbing attention; smartphones that have Portrait Mode, developed to make the subject stand out by applying artistic blur (basically …

Essential Phone's camera is getting an update featuring portrait mode and more

Since it hit shelves earlier this year, the Essential Phone
received multiple software updates which, slowly but surely, have significantly
improved the device. Now, a new update is ready, though this one will only
enhance the phone’s rear camera.


Thanks to a Reddit AMA (ask me anything) session held by
several Essential officials – including vice presidents of software and
hardware – we know that the Essential Phone’s dual camera will receive an update
later today. This will bring a portrait mode (à la iPhone and other high-end
handsets), improved JPEG compression, and various stability …