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.
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