Discussion about the now-retired Photosynth Apps for Windows Phone and iOS.
imagine my excitement as i was watching a podcast by cali lewis where she talked about a cool new mobile app for photos, microsoft photo synth, i remembered when this app first came out a while back and now that i had my new , htc wd7 windows mobile phone 7 i could not wait to download it and brag to my iphone and android friends about a "killer app by microsoft" for mobile phones, wait available only for apple products?!?!
The Citrus Lens, the Photosynth team is working on the Windows Phone 7 version of the app.
The simple reality is that the Windows Phone 7 team did not yet have the features in the Windows Phone app development tools (like access to the camera and motion sensors) that the Photosynth team needed in order to make their pano stitcher work in the way that it does. The tools for Windows Phone 7 developers to start creating 'Mango' apps will come out sometime this month (May 2011) and then we users will be able to use whatever Mango apps have been finished when the Mango update to the WP7 operating system is sent out toward the end of 2011.
The following three paragraphs are quoted from Blaise's weblog. You can read the full entry here: http://styleisviolence.com/photosynth-app/
"I’m sure over the coming days and weeks we’ll be answering, over and over, the “why didn’t this ship first on Microsoft’s own phone” question. Our approach to the design of the Photosynth app hopefully provides some evidence that we very much think of Windows Phone 7 as brethren and inspiration, not to mention proof that Microsoft can make beautiful things. ...
If we could have shipped first on these devices, we would have. But the level of camera and low-level algorithmic hacking needed to make Photosynth work meant that, if we wanted to get this out as quickly as possible (and we surely did) we needed to do so on a platform that provided the necessary low-level device access. Windows Phone 7 doesn’t yet allow this for apps. It will soon. It’s worth keeping in mind that the first several generations of iPhone device and OS wouldn’t have allowed us to build this app either. ...
At Bing we’re always interested in reaching as many people as possible, which means we’ll always develop for multiple platforms. But over time, we’ll be doing more and more of our early innovation on the Windows Phone."
Also, check out 1:59 - 2:01 on the release video for the mobile panorama app on the Photosynth Blog:
"Available now for iOS. Coming next for Windows Phone."
Yep you should have bought an iPhone. Are you planning to stay on WP or move away once your contract runs out? How much is the lack of Photosynth a factor? I am planning to move away from WP because I have been ranting about Photosynth for 6 months.