Intel Developer Blog: Softtalkblog looks at the potential for photography in apps

Images in Android photography apps: how to capture, handle, share and display them

Have you noticed how wording seems to be getting more and more compressed? First we willingly embraced 140 character limits; now we read truncated listicles instead of full feature articles. This trend affects app development too. As the use of the written word declines, the value of imagery has been rising (I don’t need to remind you of how many selfies you see in your newsfeeds every day!); so it’s vital to know how to deal with images in your app.

Mobile devices are becoming the primary way users both create and consume images. You’ll still see the odd chunky SLR around a tourist’s neck, but much, much more often, you’ll see people using their camera phone. And that’s why photography apps are such a big deal.

For many people, though, photography on camera phones is just a building block for social media apps, which means that easy integration is essential. For instance, retailers sometimes have in-store devices for customers to take pictures of themselves in potential new outfits, and these can be shared on the customer’s personal social media channels.

The potential for photography apps is huge, and is going to keep growing as long as consumers are digitally social. I just know there are some brilliant ideas forming out there, so if you’re interested in transforming these into reality, take a look at this blog post on the Intel Developer Zone. Among other things, you can learn about MainActivity and ImageDisplayActivity, which help display your users’ images and bring them to life.

Let me know how you get on with your next photography app venture, and remember to keep checking the Android section on the Intel Developer Zone for hints and tips!

• This blog post is written by Softtalkblog, and is sponsored by the Intel Developer Zone, which helps you to develop, market and sell software and apps for prominent platforms and emerging technologies powered by Intel Architecture.

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