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Galaxy S4 to feature Samsung Orb, a Photo Sphere of its own

The Galaxy S4 is rumored to feature its own Photo Sphere-like panoramic mode called Samsung Orb.
February 22, 2013
Photo Sphere feature

That’s right, we have more Galaxy S4 rumors for you, and this time around we’re talking about a feature we expect to see on the device – panoramic picture mode – since, after all, it’s a feature available in the latest Android OS versions. But, obviously, Samsung will have its own custom Photo Sphere, called Samsung Orb, a new report reveals.

Android Geeks has it from a software engineer working on the Galaxy S4 that the flagship device will come with panoramic picture mode and Samsung Orb will let users capture 360-degree images.

According to the unnamed engineer, the Orb will give you “an almost three-dimensional viewing experience,” and it will be “even better than Photo Sphere, courtesy of the S4’s amazing camera.”

Speaking about camera, most rumors say that the Galaxy S4 will have a 13-megapixel camera, and it will surely be interesting to see whether Samsung has any other special camera features up its sleeve for this device, or whether it’s simply moving along in the megapixels race instead of coining UltraPixels-like marketing terms.

How reliable is the rumor? Well, we certainly expect more Android smartphones to offer Photo Sphere capabilities in the future, whether using Google’s default app or building their own similar experiences. The recently announced LG Optimus G Pro is one such example, going the custom route as well, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see Samsung include its own panorama mode in future Galaxy devices.

That said, we are a bit surprised that a Samsung engineer would reveal as much considering the way Samsung has been protecting such leaks in the past – or is this some sort of anti-UltraPixels controlled leaked of some sort? We’ll tell you more in a few weeks, once the Galaxy S4 becomes official, at which point we’ll surely be able to confirm or deny the Samsung Orb feature.

Are you used to taking panoramic photos? Do you care much about such a feature?