HTC had quite the event in New York. The announced two new devices: the HTC Desire EYE and the RE camera. However, that was not the only announcements the Taiwanese manufacturer had. Along with their devices, HTC announced two software items: the official launch of the HTC Zoe Application which is now on both iOS and Android and the HTC EYE experience.
What is the HTC EYE experience? Not too long ago, HTC announced their first software camera suite they called Zoe with their Flagship One M7. The EYE experience is a logical step forward for the manufacturer from there. It brings a whole new camera experience to HTC’s devices. The first device to get the EYE experience is none other than the HTC Desire EYE. Nonetheless, HTC guarantees the update for the HTC One M7, One M8, One E8, One Mini 2 and a few more current generation devices.
The Eye Experience bolsters the software of HTC’s device cameras with additional features. One of which is face tracking which HTC claims will keep you “perfectly framed at all times”. The tracking feature can apparently work with up to four people. This is implemented by having the software crop and position the face in image for easier focusing and tracking by the camera increasing clarity. This feature will work with third party applications such as Skype as well. In addition, the HTC EYE Experience also brings screen sharing to the table as well allowing you to share whatever is on your screen with others you may be chatting with.
HTC is also upping its camera applications with a new feature they call “Split Capture”. Split Capture is essentially HTC’s Answer to the dual camera mode that comes with Samsung’s devices; it allows you to capture pictures with the front facing and back camera simultaneously. The main difference with HTC’s implementation is that it allows you to capture the pictures side by side and it will supposedly capture two pictures.
In addition to this, HTC will also be introducing a feature called “Crop Me In” which will allow users to crop and insert themselves into pictures. This feature will work in tandem with the Split Capture feature and allow users to crop the image of the front camera into the image of the back camera. The final touch to the EYE experience is the inclusion of a mode called “Voice Selfie”. This mode removes the need to click the shutter button and instead relies on voice prompts such as “Say Cheese” or “Action” which will trigger the camera in image mode or video respectively. Features such as face fusion, which merges two faces into one, and Live Make up which “makes up” your image by artificially smoothing facial features etc. will also be included with the HTC EYE experience.
The HTC EYE Experience will debut with the HTC Desire EYE and will rollout to other current generation HTC devices and the HTC One M7 in the coming months. We have already heard that some of HTC’s current flagship One M8 devices have started getting the update which bumps the device to Android 4.4.4 KitKat in addition to bringing the HTC EYE experience.