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HTC will roll out "Eye Experience" camera improvements to existing devices

HTC's new "Eye Experience" camera improvements aren't just limited to the new Desire Eye, they will also be rolling out to existing handsets in the coming months.
October 8, 2014

Alongside news of the Desire Eye and HTC RE, HTC also brought HTC Zoe (sort of) out of beta today and even unveiled its new “Eye experience” at its Double Exposure event.

So what exactly is this “Eye experience” all about? Basically its a broad term that refers to several new camera features that are arriving in a new software update. These features not only are coming to the Desire Eye but will also roll out in the coming months to existing handsets including the One M7, One M8, One E8, One Mini, One Mini 2, One Max, Desire 816, Desire 820 and Butterfly 2.

Face detection for video chatting

The new Eye Experience includes improved face detection that HTC says follows your face during video chatting, keeping it framed and stable. There’s even support for tracking up to 4 faces from a single camera. This feature will work in just about any video chat app, and isn’t just a proprietary feature for HTC apps.

Split capture and Voice Selfie

Beyond this, the camera app also gets selfie-focused improvements like Split Capture. This mode lets you snap both cameras of the device at the same time, showing you what you were looking at and what your face was like at the time of taking it. The camera software can then take both of these images and turn them into a single image.

Another selfie improvement is Voice Selfie, a new automatic selfie feature that lets you take a pic by using voice commands like “action” or “say cheese”. It will then take a pic or start a recording automatically.

Face Fusion, Live Makeup and more

Last but not least, the new EYE Experience update includes Face Fusion, Live Makeup and other features that were first introduced with the HTC Desire 820. So in other words, the experience update catches up older phones with all the changes that HTC has rolled out since their initial releases.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated when we learn more about when we should expect this update to hit current and older HTC handsets, so stay tuned!