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T-Mobile G1: Accidental Wallpaper

I really like my G1, but I’m not really happy with the camera. It’s slow to focus and takes forever to actually snap a picture. I did discover, during the writing of this post, that the camera button is actually a two stage button: Press part way and wait for the green focus light, then press all the way to capture. This technique speeds up the actual photo capture. But it is still slow. I’m hoping that the speed is a software issue that can be fixed with a patch rather than a hardware limitation of the device. That said, this slowness can actually be beneficial in producing artistic effects.

We were out at dinner last night in a reasonably lit restaurant and I tried to snap a photo of Allison sitting across the table. She did her normal hide from the camera move and I ended up with an image that turned out to be great for use as wallpaper on the device.

The image is available for personal use. A screen capture of my phone with the wallpaper is below. When setting the wallpaper, Android let’s you choose a portion of the image.

G1 Screen Capture

It turns out that it is not possible to perform on-device screen captures at this time, but it can be done using the DDMS tool that comes with the Android sdk. Reference links are provided below.

Reference Links

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Date
December 4th, 2008

Author
Don Thorp

Category
Art

7 Responses to “T-Mobile G1: Accidental Wallpaper”


  1. frizzlefry says:

    I have an accidental shot like this from my HTC touch. I was on the phone and didn’t realize I had pressed the camera button. It turned into a cool shot.



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