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Galaxy Note 3 Will Be Samsung’s First Smartphone to Come with S Orb

In late February we exclusively told you that Samsung is working around the clock to develop S Orb, the company’s own version of 360 degree panorama. The S Orb was supposed to make it under the hood of the freshly announced Samsung Galaxy S4, but just like we’ve told you in the initial report this would have happened only if the new camera software was ready in time for the launch event.

As you probably noticed, the Samsung Galaxy S4 introduced a lot of new camera features, and the S Orb was supposed to be one of them. Even though the S Orb wasn’t ready in time for the debut of the new flagship smartphone, we have great news for you. We managed to get in touch with the software engineer that tipped us for the initial report and he confirmed for us that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be the company’s first terminal to come with S Orb out of the box.

The S Orb is Samsung’s name for the Photo Sphere feature that was introduced in October, synchronized with the debut of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The Photo Sphere, which is currently available on the Nexus family of devices, allows the users to take 360 degree panorama photos by snapping pictures in every direction, merge them into a Street View-like capture, then post them to Google Plus. The S Orb on the Galaxy Note 3 will work in a similar way, but the software engineer working in the S Orb team, said to us that the South Korea-based company is working closely with the world’s most popular social network in order to integrate Facebook sharing on the S Orb.

The even better news is that the S Orb will also arrive on other high-end Samsung smartphones, soon after the Galaxy Note 3 will hit the market. The Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie software update that will roll out post Galaxy Note 3 launch, will bring the S Orb camera feature and other Note 3-specific features on the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2.

The LG Optimus G Pro is world’s first smartphone outside the Nexus family to integrate a Photo Sphere-like 360 degree panorama mode, called VR Panorama. Since the Galaxy Note 3 will be Samsung’s next phablet, it will be a direct competitor of LG’s 5.5-incher, therefore it will have to match Optimus G Pro’s VR Panorama with the S Orb.

Are you excited about the S Orb, or do you find it to be just another eye-candy feature? Please let us know in the comments section below.

  • Abiyouth

    I have seen Photo Sphere taken with Galaxy S3.

    • bionicFan

      And your point? Was it good, bad? Did you like it, hate it?

      • Abiyouth

        I am saying that this is false ” The LG Optimus G Pro is world’s first smartphone outside the Nexus
        family to integrate a Photo Sphere-like 360 degree panorama mode ” nothing else and btw the image was great 😀

        • bionicFan

          Thanks for the clarification. Sounds like a very cool feature. My contract is up in May, but I am planning on waiting for the Note 3 to come out. This feature is just another in a long list that I feel is worth waiting for.

          • TheFamilyMan

            That is why you should grab a monthly NO-CONTRACT plan! It’s perfect for times like these. Of course you’d have to own your phone but it appears ALL carriers are going that route eventually anyway.

            I’ll be grabbing my Note III if it in fact dies have some kick-ass specs – otherwise I’m waiting it out for the next generation. Anyone having had the Note and Note II will NEVER go back to anything less than a 5.5″ screen, much less (reluctantly) a 5.3″ screen.

            Since the obsolescence cycle is less than 6 months it’s more practical going (and saving) on a monthly NO-CONTRACT plan anyway.

            Just sayin’ – that’s my .02¢