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Android 4.1 SDK Jelly Bean New Features

Exploring the versatile high-quality camera and video functionality


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Android 4.1 SDK Jelly Bean New Features

with Joseph Lowery

Video: Exploring the versatile high-quality camera and video functionality

Cameras on Smart Phones have become almost as important as the phones themselves. Jelly Bean brought a number of improvements to both camera and video functionality, making it far easier to move between taking pictures and viewing them. Let me open up the camera. When I start the camera, I have three basic imaging options. Let me tap here to show you the three possibilities: camera, video, and panorama. I'll tap again to close it. There is also a digital zoom.

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Android 4.1 SDK Jelly Bean New Features
1h 21m Intermediate Dec 07, 2012

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This course introduces the new features offered to developers and consumers in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Author Joseph Lowery first explains how you can expect the update to roll out to devices, and then shows how to install the Android SDK on Windows and Mac, select a device emulator, create a sample app, and prep it for publication on Google Play. Along the way, the course explores the smoother interface (codenamed Project Butter), notifications, advanced text manipulation, and security improvements that will be of interest to Android developers, and describes how those features translate for consumers on the device side.

Topics include:
  • Tasting the flavors of Jelly Bean
  • Developing with the updated media capabilities
  • Integrating input device feedback
  • Increasing accessibility
  • Setting up a Jelly Bean project
  • Testing your app on a device
  • Working with the emulator
  • Utilizing improved voice search
  • Interacting with Google services
  • Enabling near field communication with Android Beam
Subjects:
Developer Mobile Apps
Software:
Android
Author:
Joseph Lowery

Exploring the versatile high-quality camera and video functionality

Cameras on Smart Phones have become almost as important as the phones themselves. Jelly Bean brought a number of improvements to both camera and video functionality, making it far easier to move between taking pictures and viewing them. Let me open up the camera. When I start the camera, I have three basic imaging options. Let me tap here to show you the three possibilities: camera, video, and panorama. I'll tap again to close it. There is also a digital zoom.

As I slide the control to the right, it zooms in, and when I slide to the left, it zooms out, and I can take a shot with one tap. In one corner you can see the last picture taken. No matter which imaging option I'm using, I can now go directly to the gallery by swiping from right to left. There's the first image. So let me switch orientation to horizontal. Now if I continue swiping I can go through my other gallery items, which include a video and a panorama shot.

Camera performance has improved greatly as well. Take a look at this next image, taken a few moments before sunset. If I spread by fingers to zoom in you can really see some fantastic detail, almost right down to the sneakers on this jogger. The panorama shot is equally impressive. Let me zoom in a bit, and then I'll swipe to scroll through the long panorama. Great detail throughout.

Let me zoom back out to move to the next gallery item. Here's a video that illustrates the zoom feature. [Video] You can see some folks playing on the beach. Ironically, they seem to be taking pictures too. And there is the last kite of the day. Navigation within the gallery has been enhanced as well. The gallery goes into filmstrip mode.

So I can easily navigate through all of my images. Inevitably, there will be images or videos that I don't want to keep. So how do you remove them? When you're in filmstrip mode, you can do it with a simple swipe up. When I swipe up, the image is flown off screen, and should you change your mind, it's a single tap to undo that action. Of course, the actual camera and video specs will vary according to your device, but the software enhancements in Jelly Bean, for me, really bring imaging into focus.

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