The Samsung Galaxy S4 was officially launched a few days ago, but the rumors associated with the device haven’t stopped just yet! Samsung Orb, not to be confused with the Nexus 4 Orb which is a wireless charging device, which first crept up in a leak about a month ago, is the company’s Photosphere-like camera feature that allows you to take 360 degree panorama shots.
While the earlier rumor suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S4 would be released with this feature, it was obviously missing on the day of the launch, otherwise I’m sure we’d have seen another “great” bit on how this feature would apply to our daily lives. Even though the Samsung Galaxy S4 will release with Android 4.2 on-board, the company obviously decided to forego using the Photosphere app that was launched with the latest Android OS iteration. Surprised? Granted, that’s harsh, because Samsung isn’t the only, and not even the first, company to do so, with LG also releasing the Panorama VR feature with the LG Optimus G Pro, which is, again, similar to Photosphere.
Back to the rumor! SamMobile reports that according to an insider, the Samsung Orb feature will be available when the Samsung Galaxy S4 receives the upgrade to Android 5.0 Key Lime Pie, which is expected to be announced at this year’s Google I/O in May. With the feature not making the initial release, this move certainly makes sense, as Android 5.0 will be the next major update for the smartphone. Software updates are enough of a hassle already, without the addition of incremental updates to add one or two features or enhancements.
Till then, you’ll have to use the 13MP shooter (and 2MP front camera) to take “Dual Camera” photos and “Shot and Sound” pictures. Again, keep some salt around, because this is a rumored delay of a rumored feature that will appear with a (technically still, even though we’re 99.9% sure) rumored OS upgrade.
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What are your thoughts? Are you looking forward to the Samsung Orb feature for the Galaxy S4? How excited are you about Android 5.0?! Let us know in the comments section below.