Super Res Zoom is Google’s software that aims to make up for the missing telephoto lens. The machine learning–powered feature makes photos taken with digital zoom look better. Typically, photos taken with optical zoom are higher resolution, while digitally zoomed photos look grainy and blurry.
Here’s how it works: Whenever you take a photo, your hand is never perfectly still. It moves ever so slightly. Super Res Zoom uses those hand vibrations to capture the image from slightly different angles to get more information from that scene. Those angles are used to make digitally zoomed-in photos appear more detailed and higher resolution.
It can merge up to 50 images to create either a giant picture, or a zoomed picture.
They need to do it in a couple of seconds because the RAW video (used as input to make a single photo) is gigabytes per second of data. If you do it slowly, you run out of RAM if the user tried to take another photo.
I suppose this says something about the state of phones where "reviews" can basically be anything cause all smartphones are pretty much the same now.
Our phones are radicalizing and dividing society
Perhaps the title of this piece should be changed:
“Google Pixel 3, I literally can’t even”
The smartphone has reached maturity and very little more can be said that hasn't been said about the technology inside of it so maybe it's time we take a step back and rethink the place of it in our society, or maybe not or not yet. The value of at least asking that question is what I took from the article.
In other words, it is more a "review" not of the phone but of the people using it.
At first I nodded my head in agreement. Then I paused, pondered a bit, and reworded it a bit:
We are living in a system designed for viewing ads and clicking ads; the scale of this system is creating an unprecedented amount of wealth; the system best rewards those who disregard guilt in order to service it; profits are the new progress; shamelessness the new barometer of success; exploitation the new innovation.
Harsh? Or simply blunt and honest?
But maybe you forgot: a race to the bottom?
Now I want to do a mock phone ad with all the images of these atrocities and end it with a shot of a shiny phone and the tag line "We make world-changing devices. - Silicon Valley".
Most people never had an outlet for it before not knew about the atrocities done on the world. Or had a comparison to people living in other countries.
Ignorance is bliss, literally. Even when you live in a nasty and deadly neighborhood.
The only thing to avoid is fake outrage and manipulation.