Jelly Bean 4.2 added quite a few improvements to the Android experience, but arguably the most exciting feature is the ability to create a Photo Sphere. Unfortunately, taking and viewing these 360-degree panoramic images has been a limited experience at best. The Photo Sphere feature is still only for Android 4.2, but the good news is that viewing these images is about to become a lot less complicated.
Previously, you had three ways to view a Photo Sphere: directly from the Android 4.2 device it was taken, through Google+ pages or they could be uploaded into Google Maps. Today Google introduced a new Photo Sphere web widget that makes it easy to display the images across the web.
At the top of this post is a static image that shows of the new Photo Sphere web widget, and comes from professional photographer Colby Brown’s website. Head over there to check his collection of breath-taking images for yourself. Navigating is very simple, and works with either a mouse or with touch gestures.
Being able to view these beautiful 360 images in more places certainly doesn’t take away from the sting that many of us feel for not having Android 4.2 yet, but it is still certainly a welcome feature.
What do you think of Photo Sphere, how do you feel it compares to other 360-degree camera software out there?
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To be clear, photosphere is not a 360degree camera. ‘photocircle’ would be.
I just love this functionality, before only Google Trusted photographers were able to add photo spheres to Gplus local pages but now everybody can add them. What a great addition.