Photography and mobile phones have really come together in the past year. With every Android device seeming to top the other in camera quality and megapixels, we are all starting to grasp how awesome our phone cameras really are compared to when they started. Depending on the manufacturer, we all have slightly different camera app (HTC being my personal favorite), and they all offer a myriad of features. One feature that seems to always be missing however, is panorama shots. This is where 360 for Android comes in.
360 is a simple app that can do a lot of different things. The main being the ability to take panorama photos, so this is where we will start. Panorama shots have always been cool to me, and I have long been waiting for an app that can properly capture one and stitch it correctly. 360 does this and more, but I’ll get to the more later. When you open the app you are greeted with four options: My Profile, Panorama, Photo, and My Panoramas. All of these options are pretty self-explanatory, so lets continue to the interface of the panorama shooting portion. When you click Panorama, you are brought to a screen that explains how to take a panorama. They are taken almost like you are shooting film of a specific area. You hit the “start” button and slowly move your camera across the area that you wish to capture. When this is finished, the app will stitch the photos together and make a fantastic, colorful panorama photo. A really cool feature of this app is being able to take full 360 pictures. This is a hard job to do, and if you take the picture slowly and correctly, the app works like a charm. A slight learning curve is there, but it is very small, and once you get the hang of things you’ll be snapping panorama photos like a pro.
After you take your photos, whether traditional or panorama, 360 has a sharing feature that can share with Twitter, Facebook, and its own native app stream. In this stream, you can view all of the photos being uploaded everywhere, or near your current location. The option to switch between these is very helpful, because you can discover local users. This is also where profile comes into play, because everyone has profiles linked to the photos they share. This makes everything a truly immersive social experience.
360 for Android is an awesome app for taking Panorama photos, and is also a great social experience for those looking to share what they see with the world. Whether you want the app to just take pictures, or you want to share your photos, you will most likely find yourself doing both after you play with the app a little. 360 for Android is available in the Market for free, and you can go directly there by clicking here.
about the writer: Elijah Ketchum is a 16 year old sophomore in High School in Cincinnati OH. His Android experience started with the Motorola Droid and his since upgraded to the HTC Thunderbolt. He enjoys everything about Android and convincing his iPhone fan boy classmates to switch. He recently convinced his father, a long term Blackberry user to switch to a Motorola Droid X. Like Elijah’s writing? Have questions? email firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @ElijahIsMe & @thedroidboy