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Samsung Galaxy S4 Will Come with Photo Sphere-like Camera Feature Called Samsung Orb

As the Samsung Galaxy S4 release date approaches, the details regarding the next-gen flagship of the South Korea-based phone maker are starting to pile up. Today we will be talking about the camera of the Samsung Galaxy S4.

A software engineer working in the team that develops the new Samsung Galaxy S4 has confirmed for us that the highly-anticipated smartphone will come with a new camera feature called Samsung Orb, which will work in a way similar to the Photo Sphere that was integrated in Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Google’s Photo Sphere function debuted on the Nexus 4, world’s first smartphone to come pre-loaded with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and Samsung Galaxy S4 will also borrow the feature becoming one of the world’s first smartphones to come with 360-degree panorama mode.

Samsung Orb will allow you to capture 360-degree panorama photos that will give you “an almost three-dimensional viewing experience.” Samsung Galaxy S4’s Camera app software will guide you through the process of taking Orb photos and all you will have to  doin order to capture a 360 degree shot is to move the handset up or down, left or right.

The Samsung engineer said that Samsung Galaxy S4’s Orb will be “even better than Photo Sphere, courtesy of the S4’s amazing camera.” He also said that Samsung is working closely with Facebook and that the users will be able to share the Orb photos on the popular social network just like they do with any other regular photo take with a smartphone’s camera.

Rumor has it that Samsung Galaxy S4 will pack a 13 megapixel camera which pared with the Samsung Orb feature will allow the users to take amazing panorama pictures.

Reports are indicating that Samsung Galaxy S4 will come with the company’s proprietary Exynos 5 Octa processor with octo-core processor and tri-core PowerVR SGX544MP3 GPU, so the powerful hardware platform will help the smartphone render Orb photos with ease.

Anyway, our source said that even though the Galaxy S4 release date is right around the corner, Samsung Orb is still in beta, but he company’s employees are working around the clock to get it finalized before the smartphone is officially unveiled. He also added that if Orb is not ready in time for Samsung Galaxy S4 launch, the new flagship smartphone will receive the new camera feature via a software update soon after it is released on the market.

Because Samsung Galaxy S4 will be announced on March 14th, the new smartphone will come pre-loaded with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean the latest Android version so far, while the new iteration of Google’s mobile operating system, unofficially dubbed Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, will be announced at Google I/O event in May.

If it is to believe the rumors, Samsung Galaxy S4 will come with a full HD 5-inch display, finger hovering user interface, and WiFiac.

Are you excited about Galaxy S4’s Samsung Orb camera feature? Please let us know in the comments section below.

  • James Kelly

    Not really excited about Orb – yet. I have a Nexus with Sphere and it is gimmicky at best. If they added a function where you can cut and paste photos into the Orb photo to make a collage, or draw on the Orb photo or enter characters so you could describe what’s going on. Maybe even a function to cut and paste only a certain portion of a Orb photo to a regular photo – then I would be excited. So maybe if they did all that and it looked better than Sphere. I am so waiting for the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Motorola/Google X Phone to come out so I can compare them. Exciting times.

  • Anne Carpenter

    I can’t wait to find out what the Galaxy S4 has in store!! this could be a very cool, very useful device.:-)

  • Grant Hoffman

    is the s4 going to have Instagram as an app?

    • Bawz


    • jtc276

      You’re kidding, right?

    • Michael Lee

      You’ll be able to download it from the Play Store, just like any other app. 🙂

    • iamdope

      Ok. There you go. Troll

  • Scooter

    Can this phone really be MUCH better than the GS3?

    • csharpner

      Yes. It’a more than twice as fast, comes with 4.2.2, bigger screen, full HD (1920×1080 pixels) brighter screen, IR transmitter for universal remote, flat edges (feels better in the hand and fits gel cases better), and the battery lasts longer on a single charge.

  • Tony Preacher’sKid McCullough

    I can’t wait for this phone, I didn’t get the S3 because I knew that the S4 would come soon didn’t know when but I knew there would be something better then the S3. I hope this is the perfect phone for me and I know that the iPhone won’t have nothing on the S4, my bad Apple don’t have nothing on Samsung.

  • Lucas

    I hope for stereo speakers, FM radio, a better battery the other rumoured stuff and I’ll be happy 🙂

    • Ron

      FM radio? I’m getting an S4 if it has one!

      • dabbinD

        There is app for fm radio for any androind phone…

      • iamdope

        Is there a flashlight? I’m getting a S4 if it has one!

        • Is there a power button on the side? I’m getting a s4 if it has one!

    • There’s no need for an FM radio when you can just download TuneIn Radio.

      • csharpner

        Actually, there IS a need for FM radio:
        – FM has better range while driving around.
        – Network is flaky while on the move.
        – It’s easier to record music off the real radio than via a stream.
        – FM uses 0 bytes of your data plan.

  • george

    Am not so excited with its new camera feature. The thing that excite me more is the whole thing that the phone has to offer…
    Now i am using gs3. But i am eager to see how beautiful and powerful the galaxy s4would be… apple may be blown away…

  • ivan (techlover1)

    Obviously that am excited about the orb (360 panorama).but i hope that Samsung will put even more and more specs in the new galaxy s4! (Hardware and software!).I use galaxy s3, and generally am very happy!, but this time Samsung must really work harder than ever before, and must really go all out without any limitation on the specs (hardware and software!),but they must take all the time needed as well!,1 to give all the time and reasons to the more than the 40or50 million users of the s3 to switch for the s4!, and 2 to have all the time to work, and so to beat all the others!.so let’s wait patiently but to finally Samsung produce really the most outstanding smartphone ever made!!! (The galaxy S4!)

  • Darth Vader

    Good bye Apple! Can’t wait for this awesome phone comes out. I’m due for a new phone and was waiting for S4 to come out. I want to be the first one to get it. I really hope it’s as good looking and powerful as the S3 but better. Sorry but Apple is waaayyyyyyy over rated, its time to put an end to their hype and show Samsung S4 is the king.

  • teamjordan84

    You can get panoroma photos now!!! I dont understand what all the hype is about… I have an old Samsung Infuse running 4.2.2 thanks to xda developers..I am not impressed!!!

  • Ron

    FM radio? Now that would be great!

    • csharpner

      Sadly, the U.S. version doesn’t come with one.

  • Jen

    HELL YEAH ! definitelt throwing away my iPhone for this.. Fuck iPhone!!

  • Uriah Romero

    I can’t wait to see how well the camera on the Galaxy SIV works. Of all the new features that are rumored to be in the new phone, I think I’m most excited for the 1080p display. I like streaming my live and recorded shows on my phone during the trip to and from work at DISH, and I think that a higher resolution display would benefit me. I’ve got the DISH Anywhere app on my current Galaxy SII, which lets me stream my shows from my DVR anywhere I go, and I think it’d work perfectly on the next one.

  • csharpner

    Sadly, no orb or 360 photosphere on it. 🙁

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