As far as releases go, Photosynth, Microsoft’s cool 3D panorama technology, has had a somewhat rocky history on Windows Phone. It originally hit iOS in April 2011 with the promise that it would be arriving on Windows Phone 7 after that fall’s big OS update. Unfortunately, it took until the following May – more than a year after it was originally announced – for the app to finally show up in what was then known as the Windows Phone Marketplace. Six months later, Microsoft launched Windows Phone 8. Unfortunately, Photosynth required an update in order to run on the new OS, so 3D panorama fans had to be patient once again. That wait, however, is finally over.
Photosynth for Windows Phone 8 is now live in the Store, bringing with it improved OS integration, better controls, the ability to view shared panoramas, and a number of bug fixes.
- Camera lens integration – Quickly capture and view panoramas by launching Photosynth directly from the built-in camera app
- View shared panoramas – View panoramas shared with you via email, Facebook, or Twitter directly on your mobile device
- More camera controls – Adjust for various lighting conditions by using new exposure and white balance locking options
- General improvements – Enjoy an even more delightful app experience with various bug and stability fixes
Windows Phone Vice President Joe Belfiore took to Twitter to explain the reason for the long wait, noting that “I asked them to ‘re-do’ their UI to be a terrific lens experience and they obliged. It took a little longer as a result, but I think the experience is great.”
If you haven’t used Photosynth already, we recommend downloading the app or visiting Photosynth.net and giving it a try.
Download: Windows Phone Store