April Fools Day is once again upon us and as usual, tech companies everywhere have not failed to keep us entertained. With a trove of fantastic faux product launches and even some real product launches that were taken as April Fools jokes, people have been busy releasing their hilarious ideas. With many of these jokes being nostalgic and some even being functional it's easy to appreciate the spirit behind them. Samsung Galaxy Blade Edge In a reference to the Galaxy...
Sony Xperia Z2 Camera Ported to Various Xperia Devices
The Sony Xperia Z2 was launched last week at MWC 2014 to much fanfare. Improving on its predecessor by fixing all of its most significant hardware shortcomings, it’s no wonder why the Z2 is subject to much praise. But as one would expect from the latest generation flagship device from a major OEM, the Sony Xperia Z2 packs quite a few software additions as well.
Just a few days ago, we talked about how XDA Recognized Developer DooMLoRD posted a leaked firmware dump for the Xperia Z2, and how it was only a matter of time before some of the Z2’s features would make their way to other devices. Now, we’re seeing the first fruits of this leaked firmware in the form of a ported camera experience.
The ported camera software comes courtesy of XDA Forum Member xperiaz2 (can you guess which device he fancies?), and it brings the Xperia Z2 Smart Social Camera Addons Creative Effects to various Sony Xperia devices. This includes features like background defocus (a.k.a. simulated bokeh), AR effects, creative filters, and more. The addons work with Xperia devices running Android 4.3 or greater, though some effects will work as far back as Xperias running 4.1 and above.
You can get in on the action by heading over to the ported app thread and downloading the various APKs.
[Many thanks to Recognized Themer Omessy7 for the tip!]
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The beginning of April is dominated by April Fools. There are jokes and pranks everywhere, which are meant to fool people. This news is no joke though, as Google has pushed the shiny red button to send out over-the-air updates to supported devices. Well, sort of, as only a few of available Nexus devices got updates to Android 5.1. Here's a list of OTAs that can be downloaded and flashed by stock recoveries. You can find guides on how to revert...
Once again, we have arrived on the most magical of holidays - the annual unveiling of HalfLife 3, and day on which co-workers believe it is appropriate to duct tape air horns behind doors. I speak, of course, about April Fools Day. As has become their custom, Google launched lighthearted "pranks" for each of their various services (with other tech sites and vendors following suit), and we have done our best to round up the humorous products and tweaks surfacing thus far....