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Verizon updates HTC One M8 with EYE Experience

News by Luke Jones on Wednesday October 22, 2014.

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T-Mobile got there first when it announced its EYE Experience update for the HTC One M8, but now Verizon is following suit today. Big Red has confirmed that its own update for the One M8 is landing today bringing the new EYE Experience software to its variant of the smartphone flagship.

The company said the patch will be available at noon on Wednesday, but as usual, if you do not get an alert for the OTA update you can pull it in manually.

HTC Eye Experience

AUTO AND VOICE SELFIE: Taking selfies just got a whole lot easier. Simply raise your phone, smile, and snap a picture or shoot a video by using your voice.

ENHANCED GROUP VIDEO CALLS: Experience a better way to video chat with Face Tracking. Sitting perfectly still is no longer necessary, because all you have to do is stay in frame and Face Tracking will automatically focus in on you. Compatible with most live video services such as Skype, Line, Hangouts, WeChat, and more.

SPLIT CAPTURE: Get in on the fun and give your pictures a personal touch with Split Capture. This cool new feature uses the front and back camera to combine both perspectives into one unique photo.

CROP ME IN: Ever wish you could put yourself into one of your photos? Now you can with the HTC Eye Experience's Crop-Me-In tool. Easily create one seamless photo when you simultaneously shoot a picture with the front and back camera, then combine them. For the finishing touch, use the Photo Editor to move, scale and crop your picture.

FACE FUSION: Get a hilarious glimpse of what two people merging into one would look like with the magic of Face Fusion. Choose two pictures to mash together and use the control bar to adjust how much resemblance appears in your new creation. You can even incorporate pictures you find online.

LIVE MAKEUP: Take the perfect selfie every time with the Live Makeup effect. Just choose an effect that suits you best and set up your desired look before you even snap the picture.

PHOTO BOOTH: Stylize your selfies with the retro appeal of photo booth pictures. This feature captures 4 pictures on a single image, giving you a unique look that's easy to share with family and friends.

HTC has packaged what it calls the EYE Experience into the phone and thinks it has nailed smartphone photography.

The EYE Experience will eventually roll out to most HTC handsets, but for now it is exclusive to the Desire EYE. It is basically a new set of photography features and software, most of which we have seen before, and most of which are probably unnecessary. That said, there are some interesting things here too, such as a new face tracking system which can be used in conference calls to track up to four faces and display them all in a separate frame on the screen. Hardly something the consumer space is screaming for, but a nice touch nonetheless and one that is sure to appeal to the business minded and even regular Skype users.

There are other playful features too, such as Face Fusion that splices two faces together for something that I imagine looks awful. Split Capture lets the user take a rear picture and selfie to put both in a split-pane view; Live Makeup adds some "makeup," handy if you look like me. Photo Booth takes four pictures and collects them into a photo booth-like set of frames. HTC has also included voice capture for selfie shots, you just have say "cheese" to take photos ("rolling" for video).

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