HTC has started rolling out a new software update (v1.29) for its latest flagship – the One – that greatly improves the camera performance of the handset. The update is only available to the EU variant of the One, with the others variants slated to get the update over the next month or so.
The official change-log of the update is as follows -:
• Improvement to sound capture with Zoe
• Noise reduction in slow motion movie capture
• Improved color reproduction and dynamic range (reduced over-exposure in non-HDR images) in certain conditions
• Fix to display correct ISO in EXIF information when ISO settings are manually changed by the user
• Improved system performance and stability
However, there is more to this update than what the change-log suggests. The update brings about a massive improvement in the camera quality. How massive? See the image below from Android PIT for example -:
The update also improves the overall system performance and stability, along with the audio recording capabilities of the One in Zoe mode. If you own an EU model of the One, then the update should hit your phone within a couple of weeks. If not, sit tight and hope that HTC rolls out the update to other variants of the One soon as well.
Via – SlashGear
After quite a few leaks in the last few hours, HTC has finally officially announced its latest flagship – the One. The One is a typical HTC handset with an unibody aluminium fit-and-finish. The handset sports a 4.7-inch Super LCD 3 display with a resolution of 1080p (1920*1080) and a ppi of 468. The front of the handset is protected by the Gorilla Glass 2 interrupted by the dual-stereo speakers that come with their own dedicated amps for BoomSound.
Inside, the One is among the first Android smartphones to make use of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 SoC clocked at 1.7GHz and an Adreno 320 GPU. There is also 2GB of RAM, and 32 or 64GB of on-board memory. The usual bunch of connectivity features and sensors are also present, except for a microSD card slot.
On the software side, HTC has blessed the One with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and a brand new version of Sense. In its fifth version, the Sense homescreen has BlinkFeed that aggregates all your social networking updates and notification right on your homescreen. The homescreen design has definitely been inspired from Flipboard.
A few unique features of the One include a 2.1MP front-facing camera with an 88-degree wide-angle view, first seen on the 8X, an IR blaster that is integrated into the Power button of the handset, and a brand new UltraPixel camera at the back. The One ‘only’ comes with a 4MP f/2.0 camera at its back. However, the sensor is capable of capturing 300 percent more light thus allowing for some stunning pictures. It is also capable of recording 1080p videos at 60FPS, and features HTC’s ImageChip 2 along with Optical Image Stabilisation. HTC has also simplified the UI by only keeping the back and home button, and totally removing the Recents app button.
The HTC One will be available in the second half of March in silver or black across 185 carriers all over the world including T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T in the United States.
HTC is all set to unveil its latest high-end flagship for the first half of 2013 at an upcoming event on February 19th. Rumors and leaks have already confirmed that the M7 will sport a quad-core Krait processor clocked at 1.7GHz and a 1080p display.
A new info graphic from HTC now suggests that the company’s M7 flagship might pack in some new camera and audio technology. Dubbed “Ultrapixel” by tech bloggers online, it is rumored that the M7 will pack in 3*4.3MP cameras in a technology similar to Nokia’s PureView to provide pictures with stunning clarity.
The infographic from HTC does not use the word “Ultrapixel” anywhere, but only states that “HTC kicks off a new sound and camera experience in 2013″. The HTC One X had a decent 8MP snapper and stellar camera software, but was overshadowed by the likes of Galaxy S3 and the PureView 920. Hopefully, with the M7, HTC will be able to bring about a major evolution in camera image quality.
Regarding the “sound” part? I just hope it is not a stupid marketing gimmick from HTC once again. With HTC struggling to make any profit and its stock prices plummeting, the Taiwanese maker has laid all its hopes on the M7.
Via – Droid Life