In launching Views, Google has found a creative way to crowdsource visual info from around the world. We take photospheres, upload them to the Views site, and the Maps team reviews them for inclusion into the full app. The strange part about Views was that the only concern is photospheres and panorama shots, but that’s probably to avoid a rush of “selfies” at the beach being submitted for approval.
Along with Views, Google shared a best practices video for taking good photospheres. It shared pointers like holding the phone close to your body (guy in the video looks really awkward, though), tilting the phone rather than panning down, and using it in portrait mode (which is a party foul in every other instance). Those pointers fly in the face of my “find the blue dot as fast as possible” method, but also may explain why my photospheres suck. A lot.
Check out the video below. Between these pointers, Google Views, and the improved functionality for photospheres in Android 4.3, we could start seeing some really good stuff.
Are we getting paid for doing this thing??
You’re actually paying them for doing part of their work….but taking photosphere shots is nice and fun.
Oh yes you rit we must give a credit to google!
Its also fun to look at photospheres that others have taken.
Oh yes you right. At least we help google gathering photosphere around the world
I just want to be able to view photospheres within the Android Google Maps app…
Just wait, it’ll come.
Maybe if the Author of this article wasnt such a Goof Ball he would know the person in the video. i really dont have much respect for the person writing this if he cant find a Name. He perhaps is one of the most inportant persons behind Photosphere and Google Maps
Rest of the people at Android Central do a great job of supporting there writings i even have a few links to Android Central in my community 4000+ users strong.
Still having the damn issues with the .APK to the Google camera on my S4 during photosphere and no one seems to want to help me :/ How is it that i’m the only one who the APK doesn’t want to play nice with? ugh