Google on Tuesday released its Photo Sphere Camera app for iPhone and
iPad devices. The 360-degree photo capturing Photo Sphere feature made
its debut in Google Nexus 4 stock camera app, and was recently made
available for non-Nexus Android devices (running Android 4.4 KitKat or
higher) as the Google Camera app.
The standalone Photo
Sphere Camera app for iOS has been optimised for iPhone 5 and can be
installed on iPhone and iPad devices running iOS 7 or later, except the
iPhone 4. On the App Store listing page,
Google notes that "the iPhone 4 cannot create photo spheres."
new iOS app lets users create a 360-degree panoramic image around an
axis. Users will be guided with a dot as they start to capture a Photo
Once a user aligns the dot and circle together in the Photo Sphere
Camera app, it automatically clicks the image and keeps on stapling them
together. The final render of the stapled images results in a sphere.
Although the Photo Sphere Camera app is pretty easy to use, users can
also see an instructional video by Google for more details.
photo sphere image is created users can either publish it to the Google
Maps Views section via
the Photo Sphere Camera app, or, share it via email, messaging or social
In April, Google had
a camera app for non-Nexus Android devices (running Android 4.4 KitKat
or higher), dubbed Google Camera. The highlight of the Google Camera app
was the Lens Blur mode (apart from Panorama and Photo Spheres), which
claimed to give SLR-like image results with shallow depth of field.
After clicking a shot, users can even change the subject in focus.
The Google Camera
v2.2 in May had also brought two new Panorama capturing modes, fisheye
and wide-angle mode. Last month Google had updated the app further with
control for Android Wear devices and more.