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Android Q Introduces Dynamic Depth Format for Photos

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The first beta version of Android Q has been released and it introduced a bunch of new features, security improvements and software tweaks. One of the most exciting features that Android Q introduces takes the quality of photos taken with Android powered smartphones to the next level. This feature is adding dynamic depth format for photos similar to the Portrait Mode and it will be a standard Android Q feature.

Android Q Beta

Since Android Q is still in the beta phase, it’s going to be a long time before the operating system update gets released to all smartphones. However, Android fans who want to get their hands on the latest features that Android Q brings should be happy to know that they can do it by enrolling in the Project Treble beta program.

Dynamic Depth Format for Photos

As previously mentioned, the new update is introducing dynamic depth format for photos. This feature is going to make the pictures of all Android smartphones that run on Android Q similar to the Portrait mode. Obviously, this feature can be disabled at any time.

“Starting in Android Q, apps can request a Dynamic Depth image which consists of a JPEG, XMP metadata related to depth related elements, and a depth and confidence map embedded in the same file on devices that advertise support,” said Google in a recent blog post.

“Requesting a JPEG + Dynamic Depth image makes it possible for you to offer specialized blurs and bokeh options in your app. You can even use the data to create 3D images or support AR photography use-cases in the future. We’re making Dynamic Depth an open format for the ecosystem, and we’re working with our device-maker partners to make it available across devices running Android Q and later,” added the Android parent.

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