Earlier today we reported that one of Samsung's published patents last week detailed a new panorama camera lens and system. This afternoon we discovered an HTC patent application at the US Patent Office regarding a Panorama camera mode feature. Whether HTC's patent application simply reflects what they introduced last year or is representing a next generation panorama solution is unknown at this time.
HTC's Panorama Camera System Feature
HTC's patent FIG. 3 noted above is a schematic diagram illustrating pan angle, tilt angle, and rotation angle according to one embodiment; HTC's patent FIG. 5 just below it illustrates when a user enters a panorama mode.
HTC's patent application
20130050407 was originally filed in Q3 2012 in the US and in Korea exactly one year earlier. HTC introduced their first generation of this panorama feature in March 2012 or six months prior to the debut of a similar feature found in Apple's iPhone 5. See the 2012 demo of the HTC feature below.
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