Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) subsidiary Google has released an app for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) which allows users to create 3D 360-degree images through their handsets.
Though the app might be new to iOS users it has been available for the Android platform since December 2015 when it was launched. The camera app is designed for Google Cardboard VR and its launch on iOS means it can now be used to bring VR photos into the iOS ecosystem. The app allows iOS users to use cardboard VR to take 3D photos using panorama mode so that the image can capture details in all directions. This style is used to produce what is now known as a VR photo.
It is also possible for iOS users to share the VR photos or their VR albums with their friends. Sharing may also be as easy as sending a link via email or a message. The feature also supports multiple photos and therefore the user can simply choose various VR photos, create a link and share it with family and friends. The individual on the receiving end can view the sent link using the cardboard camera. Alternatively, the photos can be downloaded if the recipient has not installed the app on their iPhones. There is a “share with you” tab where users can save the photos and view them using the cardboard VR headset.
Though the VR Photos Cardboard Camera app features a recorded ambient sound, The Verge claims that it is not designed for professional level VR camera technology. In any case, its aim is to bring panoramic shots together. The Verge also stated that users should not shift their focus to the topmost part or the bottom most part because the app can only capture horizontal angles. The 360-degree view of the photos is, therefore, limited.
“We’re keeping the hardware and software open to encourage community participation and compatibility with VR content available elsewhere,” stated Google in one of its developer websites. The Google Cardboard Camera app can be downloaded from the App Store.
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