Samsung Galaxy S7 Comes with a Hidden Live Photos-Like Feature

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S7 is finally here and it is time to confirm whether the rumors that have been doing rounds were meaningful or useless.

A lot has been said about this year’s flagship and as it turns out, most of these stories were very true. Samsung Galaxy S7 came in with the rumored 5.2-inch QHD Super AMOLED display screen, which is the same version that came up with the previous Galaxy S6. In addition to this, the phone also features the latest Snapdragon 820 from Qualcomm, but this will only be true for American owners. Those in other regions, including the home country of the phone – South Korea – will use Samsung’s in-house Exynos chipset.

Other speculations that turned out to be true involve the 4GB of RAM installed on the phone as well as the use of BRITECELL technology in its 12MP rear snapper. Samsung also reinstated the expandable storage feature through a microSD card, water resistance, and dust proof feature, but there was no room for a non-removable battery, just as speculations had pointed out. Further rumors claimed that Samsung will come up with 3D Touch-like feature known as ClearForce; however, this did not materialize in any way.

Another Apple-like feature that Samsung had been touted to bring alongside the S7 was the Live Photos. Using this feature, iPhone 6S users are able to capture a few seconds prior and after capturing a still image. When viewing the photo, it behaves like a short photo video. This feature has been adopted by Samsung on its newest flagships – Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge – but it is hidden.

How to access the Motion Photo feature

In Samsung Galaxy S7, the Live Photos-like feature is known as Motion Photo. The feature was never hyped during Samsung’s unveiling of the phone, but it is there for sure. Just head to the camera app settings and in there you will find a feature known as Motion Photo.

When this feature is activated, Samsung Galaxy S7 will be able to capture few instances before capturing the still image. Don’t expect these few instances captured to be displayed as separate photos in the gallery; instead, tapping on the original photo opens a GIF that contains a number of photos captured right before the main photo is captured.

Even though Motion Photo draws inspiration from Apple’s Live Photos, the two have their own line of difference. While Live Photos captures instances before and after the actual photo, Samsung’s Motion Photos only captures instances before the actual photo.

Honestly, this feature hasn’t gained such huge traction, even on iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. It is no wonder Samsung did not spend too much time dwelling on it and instead, leaving it for the user to find it out.

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