Android Update: Sony Fixes Camera Distortion Issue on Xperia Phones, Galaxy Note 8 & S6 edge Start Receiving October Security Patch
Sony's four flagships - the Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact, XZ Premium, and Xperia XZs come with rear cameras that feature wider lenses than other smartphones. While this can be a boon when taking wide angle shots, it also leads to visible perspective distortion on some pictures. Many users have been complaining about the visible distortions on the new Xperia cameras. Sony has been paying attention to the problem and has finally pushed an update to fix it.
The software update includes a "Correction for image distortion" option that's a part of the camera settings. Users can enable this option to get rid of distortions. It is included in the Oreo update that recently started rolling out to Xperia XZ Premium. The Xperia XZ1 and XZ1 Compact already run oreo so they will receive the update for fixing the camera issue by the end of November. As for Xperia XZs, it will get the fix whenever it receives the Oreo update.
Sony posted an official response to the camera issue, here is what it states:
We would like to reassure you that we are dedicated to providing the best possible user experience for our customers and have taken your feedback very seriously. We have been taking time to make improvements and increase photo shooting options.
Our models featuring our new Motion Eye Camera, including XZ Premium, XZs, XZ1 and XZ1 Compact, feature a wide-angle lens. This lens enables an immersive experience by providing the ability to capture more scenery in the shot, however it may also yield perspective distortion when shooting photos. Whilst this distortion is consistent with similar wide-angle lens cameras in the industry, we have listened to your feedback and developed a new optional setting in the camera menu called 'Correction for image distortion' to minimize the distortion effect. It will be available via an upcoming software update on XZ Premium, XZs, XZ1 and XZ1 compact.
Samsung rolls out October security patch to Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S6 edge
Samsung has started rolling out a new software update for the Galaxy Note 8 and Galaxy S6 edge. The update brings the October Android security patch to the devices.
Citing security reasons, Samsung has not revealed the vulnerabilities that have been addressed in the security patch. However, the changelog for the update lists that 221 Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) related to Samsung Experience (previously known as TouchWiz) and the Android system have been fixed.
Currently, the Galaxy Note 8 update is rolling out for the users in China and Hong Kong only. While the S6 edge update has been spotted by the users in the UK. For now, the rollout seems limited, but it will expand in the coming weeks.
The Galaxy Note 8 and S6 edge users can also check for the update manually by heading to Settings > About Device > System Updates.
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