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After secretly making phone cameras better for the last decade, Swedish software company Scalado announced today that its mobile photo technology is now featured in over 1 billion devices.

Scalado provides advanced solutions for taking, viewing, and editing pictures on your phone. You probably own a Scalado-powered phone right now without knowing it (it’s found in many Android phones, though not in iPhones).

The company is likely counting old and obsolete devices in its figures, but it’s still impressive, especially in the budding mobile software arena. Scalado says it now controls over a third of the mobile imaging market, and its software will be included in at least 500 million devices every year.

The company’s early innovations include Random Access JPEG, a patented technology that made it easy for 2002-era phones to deal with photos; CAPS, a software development kit that made managing multi-megapixel pictures more CPU- and memory-efficient; and SpeedTags, technology that made JPEG optimization on mobile phones near-instant. Many of Scalado’s more recent technologies, including zero shutter lag shooting (pictures get taken as soon as you hit the shutter button), burst shot, and high-definition range shooting, are built upon SpeedTags and are included in the company’s Camera SDK.

While mobile camera hardware has definitely improved over the last decade, innovation on the software end has been just as important. Scalado deserves some credit for paying attention to mobile photo software when few other companies did. Now, with many phone cameras featuring sensors that surpass some point and shoot cameras, Scalado will have even more of a chance to shine.


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