Google video shows how Photo Sphere works in Android 4.2

Earlier today Google announced the release of Android 4.2, an update to Jelly Bean. One of the big features being touted is the new camera app that introduces a feature called “Photo Sphere.” To help folks visualize the new capabilities, Google produced a video showing how it works and a taste of the final product. Like normal panoramic photo mode, the camera will guide you to where your next snapshot needs to be aimed using a targeting system. Unlike panoramic photos, the app guides you to take some photos on more than one level, some higher and some lower than your initial plane of focus. All the photos are then stitched together to effectively create a “Street View” type photo. You can move right or left, up and down some, and you can zoom in and out.

Anyone want to guess how long before Google enables users to upload these videos to Google Maps, effectively making anyone with a Photo Sphere capable device a part of their Street View fleet? Hit the break to view the video showing this new capability.

UPDATE: Google was apparently thinking along the same lines. Shortly after posting this story, Google’s Evan Rapoport posted on the Lat Long Blog that users would be able to upload their Photo Sphere creations to Google Maps to share with the world. Rapoport indicates this new feature will “help make Google Maps more comprehensive.” Just start looking for the blue dots on Google Maps to view user generated Photo Spheres.

source: Google Lat Long Blog

About the Author: Jeff Causey

Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three grown kids and a golden retriever.

  • SebaKL

    Seriously, can’t wait to get my hands on the 4.2 …

  • Nudo

    ^^^ That’s where the uploads go to ^^^

  • nathanielfin

    i have updated my S2 with version Android 4.2…cyanogenmod.
    But i dont see Photo Sphere in my camera,panoramic mode… please help :?

  • fabiola

    cant find photosphere

  • James Lee

    Very nice. Too bad it’s not available in S4 which is running on Android 4.2.2 :-(

    Will patiently wait for “Samsung Orb” which is Samsung version of Photo Sphere