Topic: photosynth for android

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Antoine.v (Over 1 year ago)

Do you plan to build an application for android which will be able to make a photosynth ?

mjcf1 (Over 1 year ago)
i'm also interested on this, after seeing the iOS app around i think they can make a great app for Android too (and WP7 perhaps)
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Hi, guys, I'd like to see this too. I think you'll like what Photosynth's architect, Blaise, had to say at the end of the interview at

A rough transcript between Josh Lowenstein and Blaise Agüera y Arcas: 

JL: "So when does this update come out to iPhone users?" 
BA: "Well, only Apple can tell us that." 
JL: "What about other platforms? Are some of these features coming there soon or later?" 
BA: "Yeah, so many of these features are coming to other devices as well: so, uh, the usual suspects: RIM, Android, WinPhone7."
JL: "Great! Thanks so much."
BA: "Thanks so much."

The video in today's weblog entry ( ) says "Available now for iOS. Coming next for Windows Phone." at around the 2:00 mark.
SilentMobius (Over 1 year ago)
Very much looking forward to an Android version, please make it honeycomb aware (Not dependant, It's just some entries in the manifest) I would _love_ to use Photosynth on my new tablet.
favasconcelos (Over 1 year ago)
Eager for the android version for use on my droid 2.
admanb (Over 1 year ago)
+1 for an Android version for my Evo!
bengrulz (Over 1 year ago)
+1 for android as well as windows phone
potnoodle (Over 1 year ago)
Developers really need to start making the android version first instead of the iphone, cus trust will overtake iphone sooner rather then later.
destinromie93 (Over 1 year ago)
dont have any kinda apple device besides an old ipod touch which i dont use anymore cause i got my android phone which does everything so id like to see it on android reaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaly bad please.
Mickthedig (Over 1 year ago)
An Android version would be cool!
earthsound (Over 1 year ago)
+1 for an android version
bharath23 (Over 1 year ago)
Definitely need one for the android
Dremroy (Over 1 year ago)
I just bought a nexus s and this is an app I would dearly love! Any word on a date for release on android?
PhotoSyntherSwiss (Over 1 year ago)
Android version is a must!
dalhimar (Over 1 year ago)
As an amateur photographer I have to say I do love photosynth. It is a great application. Though I am dissapointed in that it has been over a month from the original release of photosynth for the Apple mobile market and we've yet to see an android version. This would be an app I would gladly pay for, and with the rate of growth in android based mobile devices, I am sure that I am not the only one.
TonyErnst (Over 1 year ago)
Hey everyone, just wanted to give you all a heads up.  We're hard at work on an update to the iPhone App, a WP7 version is next.  We can see the value of an Android version, but our team is only large enough to work on one platform at a time.  

Hastarin (Over 1 year ago)
Thanks for the update Tony.  I look forward to the Android application but at the same time I'm happy to use the Windows app meanwhile.
jordanhammond (Over 1 year ago)
"We can see the value of an Android version, but our team is only large enough to work on one platform at a time."

- Sounds like a good project to open source for the android community to help develop.
DrDonnie (Over 1 year ago)
i want an android version for my galaxy s2, too :(
bashville (Over 1 year ago)
+1 for android app. Using SGS i9000 (Android 2.3.4)
Liatach (Over 1 year ago)
Yet another +1 for an android app. I would buy it on the spot.
pistol (Over 1 year ago)
Android, Android, Android... pretty please, with sugar on top! :-)
Joneyes (Over 1 year ago)
yes please make an android app
MisterZlu (Over 1 year ago)
I've seen Photosynth running on a friend's Iphone 4 the other day and I must admit I was really impressed. This tool deserves to be on every platforms out there! So yes, once you're done with the WP7 version please give Android some love! Can't wait!!! (Using SGS2 I9100 - Android 2.3.3)
pixe (Over 1 year ago)
Please! I need this app for Android! only Microsoft can do it!! I hate iPhone... When realise of photosynth for android? :)
tomsavage (Over 1 year ago)
I'd be happy to help test an Android version. Please work on it soon! Great product. You can rule the world with this one. Go for max mkt share.
Jhawk (Over 1 year ago)
Add me to the list of people wanting to see an Android version.
EbolaPie (Over 1 year ago)
I'm willing to wait in line for an Android app, but you guys NEED to get a WP7 app out. It looks bad for you to support Microsoft's competitor and not Microsoft.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
@EbolaPie, as Tony Ernst said above, the Windows Phone 7 version is next. The truth is that the Windows Phone 7 operating system and app authoring tools needed the updates that are coming in the 'Mango update' in the next few months to write the live image tracking viewfinder that the Photosynth mobile pano app employs.

Blaise will tell you all about it on his weblog:
StarGazr (Over 1 year ago)
I just started playing with Photosynth on my new iPhone 4S and I absolutely LOVE it, especially with the 4S's awesome camera.  My sister has an EVO 4G and she is totally green with envy.  Hee hee hee.  Well, for a little while, anyway.  Hopefully you folks will release an Android version soon to level the playing field between sis and I.  :-)
tedmichon (Over 1 year ago)
I was blown away by the iOS app for Photosynth. I would love to run this on my Android phone and tablet!
tomsavage (Over 1 year ago)
Are you guys asleep at the wheel? Underfunded? Comeon, let's get an Android version going. 
tomsavage (Over 1 year ago)
Better, yet... let's look at multiplatform mobile development tools! You could roll 'em all out at once! And update them! I'm guessing that there will be OS upgrades in the future ;-) Appcentric Titanium or similar would enable you to write once and deploy to many if not all mobile platforms. Hmmm, why hasn't MS seen the need to do this? My totally enormous and very expensive Visual Studio Team Edition for Software Developers with MSDN Premium and 3 years Software Assurance won't allow me to develop for the most popular mobile platforms. If my goal is to pay a lot of money to reach some 2% of the mobile market, it's the perfect choice!
kuma_tan (Over 1 year ago)
photosynth for android??? wow! i bet it will be awesome. tons people must waiting it :D so plz?
PanoStitch (Over 1 year ago)
I have a MacBook - cant use Photosynth. I have an Galaxy Nexus phone - can't use Photosyth. You're really limiting your user base!
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
APanoStitch, you can always install Windows on your MacBook. Limit removed.
Luckymax (Over 1 year ago)
+1 for an Android App !
SDAndyB (Over 1 year ago)
Clearly, Microsoft can't get their s^@# together enough to release one for Windows Phone 7, so they won't release a version for Android. It's a shame, too, because the iOS app is excellent.
jahsera (Over 1 year ago)
Crowdfunding would be a option for developing an android app. I had an iPhone but i dont like it anymore, so i bought a SGSII i9100 and poorly there is no derivate for photosynth. Microsoft please go for it.
Herby (Over 1 year ago)
its a shame, we wait now more than one year for the Android Version...
Herby (Over 1 year ago)
mybe, the developement is dead?
Digger1985 (Over 1 year ago)
It's funny how the team justified the release of the iOS app by saying they wanted to reach the large userbase but doesn't release an app for Android even though we have powerful dual and quad core phones with 1GB + RAM.
Methodical1 (Over 1 year ago)
I would also like to see this app come to Android as I have yet to find a Windows phone worth buying on VZW. However, that being said, I doubt it will come until enough of a stink is raised as it all boils down to war of Microsoft vs. Google. I bet we will see it in the form of another app by a differnt dev. before Photosynth is avail on the Play store.
hoopje (Over 1 year ago)
Wel even as an apple user i find it stupid that the app doesnt work on android. 
Now my family can not use the app after seeing how great it is. 
Start creating it!!!!!
mickeyns (Over 1 year ago)
I will pay, just to have it on Android.
But this is classic Microsoft. They started this years ago, with idea to actually take all photos and create one big database of images connected to one another. The idea was to have it on device that will check your location and told you exactly what part of some landmark is missing in database and what needs to be photographed. This way we will all participate in enormous project of 3D mapping an entire world. This supposed to be a revolution.
But no, Microsoft was busy creating Windows 8!
Anyhow, what will happen is that some small group of developers will do what Microsoft didn't, and poor #%!@s will again end up at the end of the line.
CMPLAP (Over 1 year ago)
+1 for Android! I saw you guys just released the WP7 version in may, so maybe you are already working on an android version, maybe? Anyway, I hope to see this on the Play Store soon. Thanks.
gnolahc (Over 1 year ago)
vote for Android
hosenthebrain (Over 1 year ago)
I just saw this app on my friend's iphone. This app is amazing. After playing with it for few minutes, i decided to search for an equivalent app on Android.
I ended up downloading 5 Panorama apps, and deleting all of them. Unfortunately, there is nothing like Photosynth on Android. I hope Its on the way.
r88fusrat (Over 1 year ago)
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
@r88fusrat, Google is even bigger opposition to Photosynth (a division of Bing Maps) and Windows Phone than Apple is. =) Google does not allow any of their employees to use a Microsoft operating system on their computers. Google does not make Google Earth apps for Windows RT and Windows Phone 8. Google would love to put Microsoft out of business.

Having said that, Windows Phone 8 now supports programming in C and C++ and Photosynth is confirmed to be close to finishing reworking their app for Windows Phone 8, which means that Windows Phone 8 users should get a faster app.

What that also means, however, is that the refreshed Photosynth app for Windows Phone 8 stands a better chance of coming to Android, since iOS and Android apps can also be programmed in native code (which means that it would take less time and effort to port the app to Android - meaning less expensive from a management perspective - thus becoming more justifiable and likely).
monouno (Over 1 year ago)
Just the ability to VIEW panoramas on from an Android device would be pretty awesome.  Any chance of this happening?
martin_YTR (Over 1 year ago)
Just to revive the request "Over 1 year ago"... Android please!  (pretty please?)
Unkind_ (Over 1 year ago)
I want client for Android:)
AlainMengal (Over 1 year ago)
Photosynth pour Android !!! on l'attends tous !!!
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
As far as viewing photosynths on Android, hosts six different types of imagery at this point in time: 

1: Original photosynths (multiple photos of something or somewhere taken with/from different camera positions, angles, zooms, orientations, or models - totally free-form against the backdrop of a 3D point cloud of the scene observed in the photos)
These can only be created and uploaded with the original Photosynth desktop application for Windows.

2: Spherical/stitched panoramas (multiple photos taken from exactly the same position [altitude, latitude, longitude], merged + blended onto the inside of a sphere/cube)
These traditional panoramas can be created using Microsoft ICE, Adobe Photoshop for Windows, Windows 8.1's Camera app, or Photosynth's mobile apps for WinPhone + iOS
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Four new photosynth types as seen in the recent Photosynth 2014 Technical Preview:
All four are more limited in shooting movement, photo count, + photo resolution than original photosynths, but should be easier to navigate due to their restrictions.
Their new WebGL viewer also projects the photos onto a simplified model of the recovered geometry.

3a: Spins: In a spin synth you simply take photos in a circle (or as much of a circle as is possible) around a central object

3b: Walks: A walk synth simply takes photos along a non-self-intersecting path.

3c: Walls: A wall synth takes photos looking straight in one direction while sliding/strafing/moving the camera sideways

3d: Parallax panoramas: A parallax panorama synth is taken at arms' length instead of pivoting the camera on its lens + turning in place. 
This is used to best effect when you have a closer foreground object/objects against further background objects.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
As to how you can view these six types of imagery on Android, at this very moment, you may be facing some difficulty but the situation should be improving in 2014.

1: Original photosynths had a Direct3D viewer when originally launched + then moved to a Silverlight viewer.
Neither of these will work for Android users, however any Android developer with OpenGL experience could make their own photosynth viewer like the iSynth app for iOS.

2: Stitched panoramas launched (on in 2010 with a Silverlight viewer and added a much more basic "HTML5" viewer in the summer of 2011 optimized for mobile Safari and later mobile Internet Explorer 10+.
The HTML5 pano viewer may work on some Android phones/browsers. If not, a WebGL stitched pano viewer is in the works.

3: The four new synth types from the new Technical Preview all use a WebGL viewer which will help out Android users as soon as Chrome, Firefox, + Opera turn on WebGL in their mobile browsers.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
The Photosynth Technical Preview is a look at things to come.
In the new tech preview, all image matching is calculated on Microsoft's servers in Windows Azure. 
So, in the future, any device which can upload a batch of photos to will be able to create synths (perhaps stitched panoramas too at some point).

With their WebGL viewer, the viewer code for all four new synth types as well as stitched panoramas will be able to be easily updated + ported to multiple mobile platforms for use in updated official Photosynth apps without the headache for the programmers of updating apps for different operating systems in different languages.

The Photosynth team says they may not put code in their WebGL viewer for original photosynths, though. 
Read their statements here:
Servious (Over 1 year ago)
Why do these guys use excuses like 'our team is only so big'.  Android is far better than iphone.  Why everything always on iphone.  Big Corporations big bucks! I doubt if photosynth will ever be on Android, Apple will make sure of that!
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Servious, Apple doesn't control what Microsoft does.

Microsoft makes Photosynth.
I could say that Windows Phone or Windows 10 on phones is far better than Android.
Maybe you should get a Windows phone.

Just to be clear, I'm only a Photosynth user - not anyone from Microsoft.

If you want to create panoramas on your Android device, try out the PhotoSphere functionality in Google's default camera app.
Hotstuff5743 (Over 1 year ago)
I'm dying for this app to come to android as i use to be a former Windows Phone users but had to give up on the Win OS as my phone broke & my cell phone carrier discontinued selling any new windows phones as W8.1 still hasn't fully come out to all the major Canadian carriers even though it's been almost a yr since it was supposed to come to Canada. Had a choice when i got a new phone & it was either Apple's I-phone 5 or 6 or android so i went w/a Sony Xperia Z3 & this app would be KILLER on the Xperia Z3. I really miss not having this app as i had so many photo ideas but i've been unable to achieve that as i no longer have the app.
Hotstuff5743 (Over 1 year ago)
Alright i just did a test & was able w/my Sony Xperia Z3 to use the new technical preview site & was able to create & successfully post panorama to my account. Only problem is it's cumbersome to have to flip from the site to my android manager then to my camera to take a pic then back to the site to set up for another pic then continue through the manager then camera then site & so forth.