Photography apps for computer games


One of favourite chilled out Android games, we often recommend Osmos for tablets to give you a bit more screen real estate for some organism-absorbing action. But the Galaxy S3′s 4.8in almost edge-to-edge screen gives you more than enough room to play with. Hypnotic.

One of the first things you’ll want to test out on your Samsung Galaxy S3 is that 8MP camera with super speedy response times, 3.3fps burst mode and the ability to take stills while you’re shooting 1080p video. When you’ve let the S3′s Best Photo feature pick out the shots where people are smiling and in focus, tidy them up a bit further with filters and photo tools in Instagram.

Looking at the S3′s seriously impressive additions to Ice Cream Sandwich – Siri rival S Voice needs a data connection, Pop up Play for viewing video while browsing and Dropbox pre-installed – we started to get a teensy bit worried about our phone bills. Onavo Extend will crunch down your data and provide you with colourful graphs to make you feel smug. Problem solved.

Spotify for Android has just had a complete overhaul with ICS support, a much improved redesign and high-res snaps of your favourite genre-hopping starlets (or however Jessie J’s describing herself these days). With a Spotify Premium account, you’ll be able to cache songs to your Galaxy S3 for offline listening and there’s even an ‘extreme’ sound quality setting for 320kbps listening. Not convinced? Try Rdio instead.

The Galaxy S3 might look sleek and sexy but under the surface, it’s a veritable geek machine that can handle big games like Minecraft. There are 36 different kinds of blocks for you to build just about anything you want – and you can choose between Creative and Survival modes, depending on your mood.

Bored of the standard Android Gallery? Sort your pics by month, place or geotagging and scan the animated video thumbnails with Scalado Album. It’s a cut above the S3′s basic photo gallery – and perfect for showing off that stunning 4.8in HD Super AMOLED display to your mates.

The Samsung Galaxy S3′s quad-core Exynos processor should eat GTA III for breakfast. By that we mean gameplay should run like a dream, the HD graphics will look incredible on that 4.8in Super AMOLED screen, and you can celebrate 10 years of Liberty City in style.

We’re excited by Sammy’s Allshare Cast TV mirroring feature, which looks set to take down Apple’s AirPlay and shape up the Samsung ecosystem pretty nicely. But sometimes it’s good to start with the basics – so if you’ve got a lounge full of Samsung kit, download this free remote app and you can use your Galaxy S3 to control your Smart TV and Blu-ray player.

A new iPhone means new hardware, and with the 4S, the most notable upgrades are to the processor and the camera. You also get some other goodies like Siri, Apple’s voice-enabled personal assistant. But what’s even better is that a new iPhone means new apps that take advantage of those enhancements.
The iPhone 4S has only been available for a little more than a week, but you can already find some apps that have been designed specifically to take advantage of the phone’s new dual-core A5 processor. The same CPU that powers the iPad 2, Apple claims that this pumped-up chip delivers double the power of the A4 and can accelerate graphics speed sevenfold. In fact, the iPhone 4S is the fastest smartphone we’ve tested. This means even-more-realistic gaming with faster action and more fluid graphics. We found some great games designed just for the iPhone 4S.
Perhaps even more notable are the upgrades to the iPhone’s camera. It’s an 8-megapixel shooter (up from 5-MP) with a bigger sensor, five-element lens, larger f/2.4 aperture, and 1080p30 video capture (up from 720p30). And that A5 chip means it’s much faster than before. Now you’ll likely take some of your best photos and video with your iPhone, since it’s a great camera that’s always in your pocket. The photo and video apps here let you do even more with the 4S’s camera, and with them in your arsenal, you might even be able to ditch your point-and-shoot camera.
Also new and exclusive to the iPhone 4S is Siri, Apple’s voice-activated personal assistant who can schedule appointments, find you a good slice of pizza, tell you the local time in China, and more. Far from perfect, Siri is fun to use and shows amazing potential for the future of voice control. A couple of third-party apps are already integrating Siri.
Besides having a quirky but charming robotic woman living inside, did you know that the latest iPhone can use Russian satellites to pinpoint your location or give you directions? The iPhone 4S is one of the first handsets with GLONASS support, which means it has access to 24 Russian location satellites in addition to GPS’s standard 31. This should mean better accuracy in urban areas and other places where traditional GPS coverage is sketchy. We’ve got a few location-based apps to put those additional satellites to the test.
If you’re getting an iPhone 4S now, these apps—many of them free—will really show you what your new phone can do.

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