Samsung Working On Apple’s Live Photos-Like Feature For Galaxy S7
It seems that future Samsung Galaxy S7 owners may be able to benefit from a feature that will derive inspiration from Apple’s Live Photos. After being introduced with the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in October 2015, Live Photos adds a dynamic nature to captured images by grabbing 1.5 second of video and audio at the same time. It’s quickly become a favorite feature embedded within Apple’s flagships. A new report is suggesting that Samsung wants in on that action and will mimic Apple’s Live Photos feature in its upcoming Galaxy S7 hardware.
It seems that a number of well-placed sources are suggesting that South Korea-based Samsung is already involved in the testing phases of a Live Photos-esque feature that will ship with the Galaxy S7 later this year. Samsung is said to have hopes of fine tuning the feature in order to have it ready for an initial release with the launch of the next generation Galaxy S. If that doesn’t come to fruition, the source also suggests that Samsung is open to the fact that it may need to run with the S7 launch as scheduled, and bring the additional functionality to the phone later as a software update.
Apparently Timeless Photo and Vivid Photo are two of the names being used internally for the feature which is in its development and testing phase. Samsung is unlikely to go to market with either of those titles, so it’ll be interesting to see exactly what they come up with from a naming convention perspective. The inspiration may have come from the popularity of Live Photos, but it seems Samsung will add its own slant by ditching the capture of audio on the dynamic images that it captures.
Removing audio will essentially allow Galaxy S7 device owners to share their “Vivid Photos” via social networks as a GIF file eliminating the need for different platforms to work on a support system, unlike Live Photos. Dynamic photos may have originally made it to market thanks to HTC’s Zoe, but it seems that Apple’s decision to run with the feature in the iPhone 6s has turned it into a sought after mainstream feature.