360-degree ‘Photo Spheres‘ shot on an Android smartphone or tablet should look far more impressive thanks to some under-the-hood changes being implemented in Android version 4.4 (KitKat).
Evan Rapoport, a product manager at Google for Photo Spheres, Street View and Panoramio, said the firmware update will bring some notable improvements to the way in which the camera app stitches together multiple photos.
‘Optical seam finding’ will now look for the perfect spot to combine or overlay consecutive images, ensuring that everyday objects aren’t caught looking warped or broken in the various stitch lines. “In our testing, we’ve seen a big reduction in stitching errors on people in the scene,” Rapoport said.
Rendering will also be significantly faster because of new multiple threading, and Photo Spheres shot in more challenging shooting conditions, such as low-light and indoor environments, should also look better this time around.