Microsoft Selfie is a new application for Google Android devices that is designed to make your selfies look better through some post-processing magic.
While I never understood selfies in first place, I have to admit that I'm not the target audience for them either.
I don't take photos of myself, and I certainly don't publish them on social media sites, Instagram or any of the other "hip" places around the web.
If selfies are your "thing" however, and you are not one of those talented photographers who get every shot exactly right seemingly, then you may have used apps in the past already that improve your selfie output.
Microsoft Selfie is another application that promises to improve selfies that you take using your Android device.
Microsoft Selfie was released last year for iOS devices, and has found its way to the Android ecosystem just today.
According to Microsoft, you can use the app to turn average looking photos into better looking photos with one click.
Backed by computer vision technology, Microsoft Selfie intelligently considers age, gender, skin tone, lighting and many other variables – all with one click. Users can transform average photos into enhanced, natural photos in seconds.
The application works like many other of its kind. Start it up, select to take a new shot using the built-in camera or pick a photo that is already on the device, and wait for the post-processing to complete.
This should not take longer than a second or so, and you will end up with configuration screens to fine tune the result.
This involves moving a slider to a higher or lower position to adjust the select preset, and selecting one of the available presets.
These presets have names that lack clarity in regards to what they do. There is Mayor, Jefe and Grunge for instance besides natural, which is probably the best -- and default -- preset to pick.
You see noticeable differences when you move the slider, especially when you have selected the natural preset.
All that is left then is to tap a second time to save the output to the local device. You can then share it directly using the linked share option, or start anew by taking another snapshot.
Microsoft Selfie is an easy to use application for Android devices to improve the quality of selfies that you take using the phone.
While easy to use, it felt a bit unstable when I ran as it crashed twice during tests and showed a number of other bugs that forced me to restart the app to continue using it.
Now You: Selfies, yay or nay?
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