First Nexus 4 commercial uploaded to YouTube – Showcases Photo Sphere family portraits [VIDEO]


Just in time for Christmas (but maybe a little bit late) Google has finally uploaded their very first, official Nexus 4 commercial. The video on YouTube shows off a family who, after gathering together for the holidays, takes a unique family portrait like only the Nexus 4 (or Jelly Bean 4.2) can. Using Photo Sphere, the video shows an almost flawless 360 degree panorama shot, and although probably not the most practical use for the feature, the end result came out suspiciously well.

Of course, this commercial will only go so far. Even if piquing interest in the device, the Nexus 4 in both storage configurations is still currently sold out on the Google Play Store. Maybe Google should have uploaded a Valentine video instead. Oh, and if you’d like, you can take a gander at the Photo Sphere’d family portrait on Google+ where it’s currently available for everyone — actors included — to view.


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. awesome commercial too bad I can’t get the camera to take that nice of a photo sphere picture with my phone :-)

    1. I’ve gotten some nice shots out of it, but usually just of landscapes and/or non moving objects. Adding real life people to the mix always gets weird results.

      1. They gotta stand perfectly still, and not be in between frames when the photo stitches together… Hopefully Google can optimize this feature better, because it is cool

        1. That’s why you hear the person telling the next person that they are next so they won’t move and ruin the picture…

          1. yea they actually did it realistically and set up the scenario well…. i like how the final image didn’t seem to be over photo-shopped too because at the end you can see the stitching on the windows frames haha

      2. It was painstakingly difficult but I managed to shoot every room in my house with PhotoSphere with minimal stitching problems. Lots of trial and error. Smaller rooms are the worst. But the end result was great, especially since some of my family from around the world that will never get the opportunity to come to my house were able to take a good virtual tour.

    2. Though you were going to say your phone can’t take that nice of a picture because you haven’t received your N4 yet. O.o

  2. made me smile tbh…. thumbs up

  3. Man, I bet that place is a b*tch to heat.

  4. They shouldn’t advertise what they can’t provide.

    1. They are providing them, just slowly.

  5. Great! I’m buying one on the Play Store!
    Oh wait!

  6. Its almost like Verizon handled the development, marketing and release of the Nexus 4, just as they have handled stuff on their own in the past.

  7. At first I had a hard time getting indoor photo sphere shots to turn out well. After taking some nice pics outdoors, I learned some tricks and can now successfully take indoor photo sphere pics in small rooms. I even got a nearly perfect photo sphere in a 36’x12′ attic space with a 5′ ceiling (way smaller than most rooms). The biggest tricks are to:
    1) Pivot your body around the phone camera, don’t pivot the phone around your body (if you do, you change the perspective of objects which ruins the image once stitched together). This is most important in small rooms. Outdoors it often works fine without worrying about which you are pivoting around.

    2) Go all the way around at eye level first, then go all the way around the next row up, then the top row, then fill in the same way below. This works better than filling in one “side” of the image (facing north for example), then moving onto another side (east for example) since it’s easier to pivot around the camera when you go all the way around each time.
    3) Hold the camera level with the horizon the whole time. If the camera tilts, the image tilts with it and it throws off the stitching of the image.
    4) In small rooms, it often helps to not take the top row, and bottom row of images (near your feet).

    1. Thanks for the tips. I’ve been struggling with this.

  8. Did they even show the final photo?

    1. … watch the 1 minute video?

    2. did you even watch the whole video?

  9. Googles just trollin us now.

  10. any way of viewing these on the computer yet? online anywhere?

    1. Google + allows you to view them, zoom in and endlessly pan around

  11. wish photosphere worked this well. mine always comes out with shadows and random heads chopped up even if they dont move.

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