Topic: Photosynth for Android

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moshjahan (Over 1 year ago)

Are there any plans to bring Photosynth to Android?
Othalian (Over 1 year ago)
Photosynth for Android would be fantastic. This would be far better than normal images and give others the chance to see all around an area rather than just what is in front of the lens.

While I can understand that this goes against logic to support another company's OS it will help get the name of Microsoft out for quality software no matter the OS. So this is a definite YES to an Android version to Photosynth. Please.....
potnoodle (Over 1 year ago)
its already supporting iphone so it will come on android soon hopefully
jimharper (Over 1 year ago)
Its a little difficult for Android phones because of the variety that exists and the high end processing that is required by Photosynth. Having said that there are some good apps on android like 360
frabuck (Over 1 year ago)
I would also like to have it available for Android.
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Digger1985 (Over 1 year ago)
So after being sick of MS neglecting its own WP7 platform I have bought an Android tablet and will be moving to an Android phone soon. We will see if MS follows through with their promise of extending their services to platforms where most of the users are because certainely Android has the largest smartphone base. :)
Digger1985 (Over 1 year ago)
Hi team, if you're having trouble with the app for WP Mango and will have to wait for the next release of WP, please release the app for Android ASAP. The reason you released the app for iOS first was because WP wasn't capable of the app back then. If you have realized that the WP app is still not possible even with Mango, please don't make Android users wait. The Android userbase eclipses iOS and WP. If you are going to wait till the next release of WP before releasing the Android app, I do not see you logic in releaseing the iOS app first.

In summary, Android app now!
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Hey, Digger, 

Have you tried Occipital's 360 Panorama app for Android?

If so, how would you say it compares to the iOS version? 

What features would you add to it? Perhaps the ability to shoot up and down like with Microsoft ICE and Photosynth's mobile version of ICE?

What else do you hope to see Photosynth's mobile app add that Occipital's doesn't offer?


On a separate discussion thread, have you kept up with news of OnLive Desktop?

They're only offering it on iPad at the moment, but they do say they're "Coming soon to Android™, PC, Mac®, monitors/TVs"
I have the feeling that they won't be allowing you to install just anything on your OnLive Desktop, but if they did allow you to install Photosynth, ICE, and HDView, that would be pretty great, right?
Digger1985 (Over 1 year ago)
Not good enough. That's why it has only a 2.7 rating on the market. MS has a great chance to increase Photosynth userbase among mobile users by releasing on Android. Wasn't one of the reasons they released the iOS app that they wanted to reach the wider audience? The Android market is ripe for picking as there is no decent app that does what Photosynth does, and yet what does MS do? Nothing at all.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
From what I've seen on Twitter, I'd say that opinion is pretty evenly split between Photosynth's mobile panorama app and Occipital's mobile pano app. 

Photosynth's has the possibility of shooting a full sphere and doing so in whatever order is convenient for you (freedom in shooting pattern). 

Occipital's has a very straightforward predefined shooting pattern that is easier for many people to learn. While they don't handle shooting up and down, for many people, the simplicity of being forced to just spin the phone in a circle in one direction is what they prefer over Photosynth's mobile pano app.


Still curious to know what you'll think of OnLive Desktop when it comes to Android.
Digger1985 (Over 1 year ago)
You probably are looking at the Occipital iOS app. Yes on iOS it's good, but NOT on Android as seen by the App Store vs Market ratings. MS is ignoring a great chance to increase the userbase of its product and yet does nothing.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
I've said before that the problem with most Android devices is that they wouldn't run Photosynth's app as intended. 

If Occipital's app, which is good but a bit simpler than even Photosynth's mobile app, is having troubles due to inconsistent Android hardware, then I am curious as to why you think that Photosynth's mobile app would have a different fate on Android's uneven hardware.
Digger1985 (Over 1 year ago)
MS is a software giant. They make various software and runs on all sort of uneven hardware. I assume they would do a much better job of having their apps run on uneven Android devices. 

That's why I say MS has a MASSIVE opportunity to lock up Android userbase to Photosynth. However they are doing nothing about it.
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.
Digger1985 (Over 1 year ago)
So if they can't release WP app due to platform issues, I wonder what's keeping them from releasing an Android app given that they released one for iOS already, a platform from MSs biggest nemesis. I reckon MS would have a better chance of converting Android users to WP than iOS users to WP.MS gets the strategy wrong once again.
erez.shapira (Over 1 year ago)
Dear PhotoSynth,
Seriously, Where's the Android version?
According to IDC, Android has 59% of world smartphone share.
Even if you total IOS' 23% & WP's 2.2% you still only get the 'staggering' result of 25.2%
So an ecosystem more than 2.3 times as large is neglected?
The business case here is bizarre to say the least - even if you take into account the much vaunted "android hardware fragmentation" issue, I'm pretty sure that any "officially ICS" phone (not XDA'd) can support PhotoSynth... - And Google Play is very good with Device/App compatibility checking.

So Please.
muhaymin01 (Over 1 year ago)
I can't believe Microsoft haven't yet released an Android version of the Photosynth app. Android is the most popular mobile OS yet they've left it behind. It seems as though Microsoft are approaching the minority (WP7) rather than the majority (Android).
pixe (Over 1 year ago)
How long it takes development of Photosynth for Android? When we can enjoy of this fantastic app? I wanna use this app on my Galaxy Nexus :)
DontPanic (Over 1 year ago)
I need this two, I have 2 WM7 phones and 10 androids... 1 ipad.
Phase2 (Over 1 year ago)
Ah, I miss Photosynth soo much after moving over to Android :( was by far my favourite iPhone app!!!
jawsper (Over 1 year ago)
I am not going to buy a Windows-/ Iphone just for this app! This app is great, loved it on Iphone, now have Android.
So produce it for Android! Show people how good Windows can be!
llc23 (Over 1 year ago)
It's clearly possible from a technical standpoint, as the other apps mentioned in this thread do similar things. An Android Photosynth app would be really beneficial to a lot of people tied into the Microsoft ecosystem already.
lionreich (Over 1 year ago)
I too, enjoy photosynth more than the typical panorama software added for the android market free or otherwise. The honest truth is photosynth is the only 720 degree camera, meaning you can go all around AND up and down.
Mycon (Over 1 year ago)
collinmarisa (Over 1 year ago)
I would love to have a Photosynth app for Android.  Just thought I'd throw my vote it.  Every entry here represents many people who would love to use the app.
yzerman19 (Over 1 year ago)
Please create the Photosynth app for Android!
snowboardguy (Over 1 year ago)
I agree that there needs to be a Photosynth app for Android. iOS has it, so why not increase your userbase? Please consider this, it would be very popular with my friends who are also waiting for it.
Dimtank (Over 1 year ago)
waiting for it too !!!
Lupati (Over 1 year ago)
I sold my iPhone 4 and bought a HTC One X and need Photosynth App for my Android too!
Katobean (Over 1 year ago)
Just swithced *from* Android back to iPhone and was SO happy to have photosynth back.
carolinablueblood (Over 1 year ago)
My HTC One X and the nice heavy feeling Amaze I had before it rock the socks off every Window Phone on the market. If (MS) they're interested in reaching a broader audience, I trust some day they will remove their heads from their derriers and make this fine app for the HTC Sense and Samsung Galaxy's that are running CIRCLES AROUND windows phones. Microsoft, don't hate 'cause you can't relate. Just make the dammmm thing already!
DreKn (Over 1 year ago)
I have an Xperia Neo/android, would love the photosynth app to be ported to android. Please make it happen.
DK_in_L.A (Over 1 year ago)
Another voice for PhotoSynth Android.  Great program, just with it was on Android.

Is PhotoSynth available on Windows Phone?  :)
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Hi, DK in L.A.,

I can't offer any news of an Android version, but in answer to your question about Windows Phone, yes, Photosynth's mobile pano app has been available since May.

They are currently finishing updating their app for Windows Phone 8.

Since you have a Microsoft account, sign into and then, after you're signed in, search for Photosynth or use this link:
Karl_Vidir (Over 1 year ago)
Please tell me you are working a Android version of this program, like it in my Ipod touch, and on Iphone, and would love to see it in android soon.

Please developers, tell us something :D
Digger1985 (Over 1 year ago)
Google released a similar app called Photo Sphere.
whitecat (Over 1 year ago)
Photo Sphere is trash compared to this application. It does a horrible job stitching everything together.
lokness42 (Over 1 year ago)
Not going to happen....ios cool but android not so much. The ecosystem is to fragmented.
mattleibow (Over 1 year ago)
Maybe someone could port a WP app to Android using Xamarin's Mono for Android. I am not sure just how much of the WP app relies on Silverlight. It may be possible.
llc23 (Over 1 year ago)
I wouldn't count on an Android app from these guys, sadly. They still haven't shipped Photosynth on *their own platform*, more than 3 months old
Austin-Ian (Over 1 year ago)
What is Photosynth Tell Me about it How it works on Android phones?
for windows phone... and i-phone or android??
alermo (Over 1 year ago)
I have a question. Have you ever Photosynth will be available on android platform? It would be great! Please reply.
Dharms (Over 1 year ago)
Why should they release an app for Andriod given Googles lack of interest in supporting WP8!! If you want Photosynth on your mobile buy a Nokia :p
zarkob (Over 1 year ago)
Another vote for Photosynth on Android :-)
peribu (Over 1 year ago)
yes please!
MimMustafaMetin (Over 1 year ago)
One more vote for Photosynth on Android from TURKEY
matteo.disaro (Over 1 year ago)
Does anybody know how to see a photosynth on android? thanks!
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Hi, Matteo, 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:

Let them know if you want to be able to view original synths on Android.
cn.roberts (Over 1 year ago)
this has been going on for over a year, and there has been no definitive answer about an android app, but it would beat any other app in its class as soon as they release it.

Surely microsoft would love to get one up on google?

I'm a plus 1 for the android app
arweav (Over 1 year ago)
I find it odd that this much time has gone by and that Photosynth is still not on Android. I spent years on the iPhone, and when I switched to Android about a month ago I just assumed that Photosynth would be available. This just goes to show how poorly Microsoft executes things, even when it's a GREAT thing. I was incredibly impressed with the app and used it constantly, but I guess that's another Microsoft product I'll be finding a replacement for due to their negligence.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
You should have moved to Windows Phone or a Windows tablet, not Android. ツ

In all seriousness, Photosynth is heads down at the moment working on their next generation of apps and getting the ability to actually shoot and view actual photosynths from mobile devices instead of only panoramas like their first mobile apps.

They've moved the stitching up to their servers which means that any device which has an app that uploads photos to your account can submit synths, leaving only the Photosynth viewfinder and viewer code that has to be ported to different operating systems.
sutherbrotherby (Over 1 year ago)
Well here we are still waiting. I just abandoned my iPhone for an android and was very surprised to see no photosynth available on Google play. From what I can tell so far the native photosphere has some pretty terrible stitching and the rest of the apps are just straight line 360s. When is photosynth coming our way Microsoft??
HATEK3d (Over 1 year ago)
yes, please give us an android app
SteevCZ (Over 1 year ago)
Same here. We want photosynth for Android. Pleaaaaase.
Nathanael (Over 1 year ago)
Folks, I'm not on the Photosynth team, but the last thing they said on the topic of their app coming to Android wasn't too encouraging for you.

2014 July 14:
2014 July 28:
phorky (Over 1 year ago)
Are you serious?! You make it for bad iphone, and for dumb windows phone, but for android? No, you dont make it for android. Thats making no sense. Android is most popular os on mobiles. I dont understand why they dont make on android.
Nathanael.Lawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Hey there, 'phorky',

On Android, you already have the 'photosphere' capture mode built into your default camera app, so if all you want is to capture interactive panoramas, Google's got you covered.

If you want to create photosynths instead of panoramas, just try taking some photos according to the instructions at and then visit from Opera, Firefox, or Chrome on your Android phone or tablet.

By the way, insulting Microsoft for making Windows Phone and then rudely demanding it for Android probably isn't the best way to get what you want.