Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to sport clone of Google's photo sphere?

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to sport clone of Google's photo sphere?

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 rumour mill is beginning to move up through the gears, with the latest leak suggesting the Korean firm is working on its own camera tech for the super-sized handset.

According to Android Geeks a software engineer has spilled the beans on the S Orb camera feature which is apparently destined to debut on the Galaxy Note 3.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard rumblings about the S Orb functionality, and there were several reports earlier this year which suggested the tech would find its way onto the Samsung Galaxy S4 – only for those rumours to fall flat on their face.

From what we know of S Orb so far the system seems to work in a similar way to Google’s own photo sphere function which is baked into the latest version of Android Jelly Bean – functionality that was actually developed by LG, which made the Nexus 4 handset which debuted Android 4.2.

All for Orb and Orb for all!

It does make us wonder why Samsung would bother making the 360 panorama tech considering Google has already done the leg work, but the engineer in question says S Orb is all about clever Facebook integration as well.

Apparently other high-end Samsung handsets will also be treated to S Orb in the firm’s Key Lime Pie upgrade which is expected to be pushed out to the likes of the Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2.

It’s not clear whether the software engineer is who he says he is, so we’re taking this report with the recommended dosage of salt.

In terms of when we could potentially see the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, a launch during IFA 2013 in September looks the most likely for now.

    

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