Earlier, smartphone manufacturers usually rolled out full OTA updates in order to substantially improve the camera experience on their smartphones. However, the trend is changing. Today, manufacturers are uploading individual applications to the Play Store so they can bring updates to their phones much faster.
Motorola amongst others has been quick to adapt to the trend and it has more or less become common for the company to upgrade the performance of a phone's camera after release. If you recall, in 2016 Motorola had used an app in the Play Store to make changes to the Moto G4's camera and its performance. And this year, yet again it looks like the company is following the same path to managing the camera on its upcoming Moto X4.
The company has just uploaded a tuning app for Moto X4 just ahead of its official launch. The app comes with updated camera parameters for enhanced photos and videos. Basically, this app will get pre-installed on the device and are then updated via the Play Store. The app will work only with Moto X4 but that is pretty much we know as we have few details about this app.
Meanwhile, the screenshots in the Play Store simply show the system settings page and a placeholder image with the options to disable or force stop the app. According to the listing, this module will be used to improve "color, contrast, picture noise, video noise, and sharpness."
In any case, Moto X4 is scheduled to launch on October 3 in India. Since the smartphone has already been showcased at IFA 2017 we already know what the smartphone has to offers. However, just to recall, a 5.2-inch FHD 1080p display with Corning Gorilla Glass, an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor paired with Adreno 508 GPU, 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage space. The smartphone is backed by a 3000mAh battery which also comes with Turbo Power charging.
The key highlight of the smartphone is its rear dual camera setup comprising of a 12MP main camera with f/2.0 aperture and an 8MP secondary camera with ultra-wide angle lens, f/2.2 aperture and a 120-degree field of view sensor. The dual cameras also come with dual LED flash, PDAF, and other features like Landmark Detection application that lets users point the lens at an object and it will ask the users if they want to get details about the object they are seeing. This feature also scans business cards and adds the information to the contacts.
Up front, Moto X4 is equipped with a 16MP selfie camera with a flash, f/2.0 aperture and features such as selfie panorama, Face Filters to add animations to the selfies, and adaptive low light mode.
Connectivity options include NFC, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (dual-band, 2.4GHz, and 5GHz), GPS, GLONASS, 4G LTE, and FM radio support. Sensors onboard include an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, magnetometer, and proximity sensor. The dimensions of the Moto X4 are at 148.35x73.4x7.99mm, and the smartphone weighs 163 grams.