360 Panorama Comes To Android

I’ve been using Pano to take panoramic photos on my Nexus S running Android, and while it does a pretty good job of creating panoramic photos by stitching multiple pictures together, it does require some work to align the photos properly. In August Todd wrote about 360 Panorama, which makes creating panoramic photos as easy as recording video with your phone. Previously only available for the iPhone, 360 Panorama is now also available for Android phones for $.99.

I found out that using 360 Panorama is more difficult than you might expect. When you start the app you see what you are pointing the camera at appear in a three dimensional grid, as you see in the screen shot.

To start creating a Panoramic photo you tap the middle button on the screen, then move the phone left or right, up or down to capture the image. You need to take your time and move slow so that the video/picture is properly recorded.

I found the 3D aspects of capturing the video/picture to be difficult to get used to, and often what was being captured didn’t appear to be in sync with what I was seeing. You can click here to see an example of a picture I took in my home office, and you will notice that not all of the pieces of the picture line up perfectly.

When I started the app for the first time I did see a warning message that it was not calibrated for my phone. I do not know whether that means that I need a software update or that the calibration occurs in the background. Hopefully it occurs in the background and the app will do a better job of creating pictures in the future.

Unlike the iPhone version that we wrote about previously, the Android version of 360 Panorama does not save pictures on the phone where the Android Gallery app will find them, consequently, Google+ does not automatically upload the pictures you create with this app.

You upload the pictures to the developer’s web site, where you can log in to view them. At the time you upload you can specify whether or not the picture is available on your public profile. You can share pictures to Twitter and Facebook, but to do so you need to make it publicly available on your profile. To save a copy of the picture file to a PC, you can email a copy of the picture in JPEG format to yourself.

It might be that with a little practice I will get the hang of using this app. Unfortunately, a free version is not available to test out, so if you want to try it out you will have to pay the $.99.

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