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COMPATIBILITY: Microsoft releases Photosynth for Windows Phone 8
Posted by Arne Hess - on Friday, 01.03.13 - 18:37:26 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 15372x
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Photosynth was one of the cooler apps for Windows Phones, when it finally hit Windows Phone 7.5 in spring last year. However, until today it wasn't compatible to Windows Phone 8, even if it was a Microsoft app. Also available since 2011 for iOS, Photosynth for Windows Phone is a panorama app that makes it easy and fun to capture and share interactive panoramas of places, people, and events. Using the latest in computer vision techniques, Photosynth is the acknowledged leader in mobile panorama creation. It is the only app available on Windows Phone that allows you to capture 360° horizontally and vertically, making a perfect "sphere".

Once a Photosynth was created, users can share it as an interactive panoramic experience on Facebook and Twitter using the free service. It's also possible to publish panoramas to Bing, where millions of people will see the panoramas on Bing Maps and in Bing search results.

Now, with version 1.5, Microsoft has not only added support for its latest mobile OS version aka Windows Phone 8 but also added a camera lens integration which allows to cuickly capture panoramas by launching Photosynth directly from the built-in camera app lens picker. View shared panoramas allows to view panoramas on the mobile device, which were shared via E-Mail, Facebook or Twitter. The more camera controls allow to adjust for various lighting conditions by using new exposure and white balance locking options and for sure the latest update also comes with general improvements with various bug and stability fixes.

As before, the used Windows Phone doesn't need a gyroscope to install or use this app. However, if the used Windows Phone includes a gyroscope, the app uses it to enhance the Photosynth panorama capture experience.

Photosynth for Windows Phone requires either Windows Phone 7.5, which every Windows Phone should have received by now, or Windows Phone 8. However, since Photosynth still requires a significant of memory for stitching the photos, it's only available for phones with at least 512 MB of RAM.

Cheers ~ Arne

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