Microsoft Research today released an update for Blink photo app for Windows Phone 8 devices. This v2.4 update is a major revamp of the app with much better UX and improvements. If you are not aware of it, Blink app allows you to capture the best shot or the action. Blink captures a burst of images before you even press the shutter, and continues to capture pictures after you’ve taken your shot. You can save and share the shot you like best or even save a short animated Blink and share it to Facebook, Twitter, or Blink.so.cl.
New! Version 2.4:
- Fresh new look: New branding and refreshed UI elements throughout the app.
- Dual Modes: Switch easily between two modes – Blink mode to edit and share your animations, and still mode to save and share the perfect shot.
- Focus Lock: Tap on the screen to lock focus in that the region. That region will always remain in focus even across phone movements. Tap again to unlock.
- Improved stabilization: Even better video stabilization so that your Blinks play without any camera shake or jitter.
- Live Tile: Pin Blink to the start screen and see your perfect shots on the live Tile. (Note: might require a phone reboot or a unpin/re-pin for live tile to start showing.)
- My Blinks: A new gallery view in the Blink roll to quickly jump among captured Blinks.
- Tutorial: An interactive tutorial is included to quickly get you going.
- Orientation lock: Bug fix to orient Blinks correctly on sharing, under orientation lock.
Download it here from Windows Phone Store for free. I hope Blink becomes the part of native camera experience in Windows Phone 8.1!
OneShot, the camera app with real-time photo effects, received the next major update that bumps the app to version 4.0. The update contains some great improvements as well as some very interesting features.
High resolution support: With today’s release, OneShot gets full resolution support for the Nokia Lumia 1020 and Nokia Lumia 1520. That means you are now able to take pictures with over 38 MP (20 MP for 1520). If you have the Lumia 1020 or 1520, you will see the high resolutions to be available for all aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9, 1:1). Get even more out of your beautiful photos taken with OneShot!
JPEG compression adjustment: Besides enabling high resolution support we also improved the default compression rate of taken photos. We decreased the compression rate so that your pictures have more quality by default. Moreover, you can adjust this option in the settings menu and choose between High, Medium and Low.
Voice control: With today’s release, I’m very excited to say that OneShot 4.0 gets voice control so that you are now able to use your voice for triggering the shutter release. Just enable voice control in the settings menu and start taking pictures by using the phrases “take picture” or “take photo”. We currently support English as the only language for voice control, so you need at least one English language installed on your Windows Phone. In order to be able to use voice commands on your Windows Phone, you need to go to the Windows Phone’s settings menu and check the option “Enable Speech Recognition Service”. This is a central place to have control over speech recognition for all apps.
GPS: OneShot 4.0 introduces GPS tagging of your photos, so your pictures will now contain the exact location they were taken at. If you do not wish to have this option enabled, please go to the Windows Phone settings menu, swipe over to “applications” and then choose “photos+camera”. There you can adjust the option “Include location info in pictures I take”.
Macro favorite button: OneShot’s favorite button has been one of the significant features since the first release, so it is just natural that we extended this feature with some more options over time. The latest release of OneShot receives another favorite button which switches the current capture mode to the macro mode.
Today’s release includes some new features and improvements that help you to get even more out of your photos. Go and get OneShot 4.0 in the Windows Phone Store, it’s totally free!
Get into the spirit by decorating your Christmas tree using My Christmas Tree app. When you’re happy with your decorations, set it as your lock screen background, pin it to the start screen as a beautiful live tile or share it with your friends!
choose one of four gorgeous backgrounds or a picture from your picture gallery or take a photo with the camera
Nokia is planning to unveil its next generation flagship devices for both AT&T and Verizon in US. AT&T will reportedly sell Nokia Lumia 1520 6-inch phablet which will come with 1080p display, 20MP PureView camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and more. Verizon will also release a similar variant of the device in the name of Nokia Lumia 929. Even Lumia 929 will feature a 1080p display, 20MP camera, Quad core processor and more. Apart from the physical design, the major difference between the two devices is the screen size. While AT&T’s Lumia 1520 is a 6-inch phablet, Verizon’s Lumia 929 is said to be a 5-inch device. I think Verizon’s Lumia 929 will be preferred by many people due to its ideal size.
A Swiss company Outcoder today released Intellicam, a feature packed camera app which is all about taking great photos while letting you be in the shot.
It is the first and only windows phone camera app that uses face recognition technology to focus on the people in your photo. Intellicam allows users to take control of the phone’s camera using only their voice.
include yourself in the photo and take as many shots as you like completely stress free; there is no need to try to beat any timers
integrates with the phone’s built-in camera app
take multiple shots without touching the phone
use just your voice to activate the lens
Auto-Snap feature that periodically takes a photo if it identifies a face in the view finder. Great for self-portrait photos.
Intellicam is available now on the Windows Phone Store for free.
Rated the number 4 best Windows Phone photo application of 2012 by T3 Magazine (T3.com)Â photo customisation app Photograffiti has been updated for Windows Phone 8 and nowÂ includes all stamps unlocked in every version.
As well as customizing your photo’s with comic book style effects such as speech bubbles and text, facial effects of cuts and bruises or moustaches, sunglasses, bling and freehand drawing, the latest version introduces the all new Super Hero Masks stamps pack – featuring photo realistic masks created by UK digital artist Sarah McCulloch.
Photo customization, integrated facebook tagging and comments, twitter and skydrive upload, send via email / sms, word stamps, press pack stamps, bling stamps, facial fx stamps, new fonts including a custom comic book style font and picture hub integration.
Photograffiti is available here.
Windows Phone built in functionality for posting photos to Facebook is great. But what if you want something a little more involved? Not just a picture with a caption, but a story told through pictures. This is where you really want to look at Easy Album – it lets you pick photos from your albums, edit them, move them around, add captions to them and publish them to Facebook. All through an easy to use interface.
Albums that have been created through the app can then be revisited and either be re-edited, or re-shared. Everything designed to make it the easiest for you to tell your story.
Quickly select multiple images from your recently taken pictures.
Choose any of the images in any of your albums through the photo picker
Choose from half a dozen title types to overlay on your images
Create empty “title” slides to add more information that’s easily readable
Crop your photos to make them show just what you want.
Automatic upload to Facebook as an album for sharing
Share on your wall, through twitter, text or email
Free to try! Only limitation is number of photos in an album and inability to crop.
Torchbear 1.4 was rolled out to the marketplace yesterday and could be a game changer. Players are now able to make exchanges with the 3 closest people to them as opposed to the 10 miles radius before. This means more people can get into the game regardless of whether you have players in your area or not. Players can now discover, share and explore the world faster than ever before.
With Photovine being closed down in March, the new changes to Torchbear could offer a similarÂ experience and whatâ€™s great is itâ€™s only avaible for WP7!
Torchbear is a social location based game where players from all over the globe participate in the worldâ€™s biggest relay!Â Each player gets to create a torch that has a specific purpose or mission before its passed on to start its journey around the world.
As the torch is passed from one player to the next other players get to contribute to the torch mission by posting comments, adding photos or by passing it on.
Torchbear is a FREE social location based mobile game where players from all over the globe participate in the Worldâ€™s BIGGEST RELAY!
Similar to how the Olympic flame is passed from one person to another to spread the message of peace, unity and friendship Torchbear works in the same manner.
Today we happy to announce that we rolling out the first update to Torchbear, here is a list of changes made:
We added support for both Miles and Kilometres (defaulted to miles, to change go to the settings menu)
We increased the exchange distance from 1 mile to 10 miles (16 km)
New Points system – Torch points have been removed, torches are now ranked by Number of Followers the torch has
Players now receive points:
New Leaderboards, We now include leaderboards for both torches and players, each category is split up into Worlds Top 20, Nearby Top 20, and the Top 20 Players/Torches you are following
Torch Profile Pics – ability to save any torch profile pic to your phone
Ability to rotate torch profiles pics
Previously you could not update your Torch profile pic after you had exchanged torches, now you can
Torch Details – you can now update torch details after you have created a torch.
Note! If you have already exchanged your torch with someone else and you then update the torch name or mission the changes will need to first be approved by us. This is to make sure that the change is still in line with the original torch mission.
Torch Exchanges – we now allow players to make multiple exchanges with torches they have previously held
The “Around Me” list has been improved, we now visually show which torches you have already held, and which torches currently have pending torch requests either by you or by someone else.
Photos – all photos including both torch & player profile pics can now be saved to the phone.