Microsoft launches Photosynth for Windows Phone

Microsoft's Windows Phone platform has seen a number of new app launches of late, and Microsoft just released one of the most unique apps itself. Yesterday the company added its Photosynth app to the Windows Phone marketplace, which will allow users to create "majestic 3D panoramas from individual 2D shots," according to an entry on the company's Windows Phone blog.

The blog post claims the new app is the only mobile panoramic application that can create a full panoramic sphere – a 360-degree vertical and horizontal panorama. Photosynth allows users to easily create "synths" that can be published to the program's website or shared to social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter. Photosynth can currently be downloaded free of charge on the Windows Phone marketplace. The app requires a Windows Phone 7.5 (Mango) or newer device and comes in at 1MB. The integrated Photosynth.net panorama sharing service is also available free of charge. The app's marketplace entry states users can also publish their panoramas to Bing and Bing Maps.

In addition to Photosynth, May has been a strong month for Windows Phone apps. Facebook's app received a substantial update earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal Live app was released, Time magazine launched its first app and the first official LinkedIn app was released for the platform.

Source: Windows Phone Blog | Images via Windows Phone Blog

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I'm pretty sure my Lumia doesn't have a Gyroscope and the apps works perfectly and didn't even give me a warning.

Bonus.

Kwanza said,
I'm pretty sure my Lumia doesn't have a Gyroscope and the apps works perfectly and didn't even give me a warning.

Bonus.

Only the Lumia 900 sports a gyro. The rest don't. Its not needed for the photosynth app, but it helps the phone to keep the alignment when trying to take the images needed for the stitching process.

My LG E900 doesn't have a gyro either, and I've created a few synths already.

The software app itself is great, but would prefer a manual way to select overlapping images as it doesn't always get it right if it can't find a key marker to create the next overlap from. (I assume thats where the gyro performs better).

sagum said,

it doesn't always get it right if it can't find a key marker to create the next overlap from. (I assume thats where the gyro performs better).

That's right. I could barely create a synth on my Samsung Focus, but on the Lumia 900, it's buttery smooth and not jittery.

OnlyUsernameThatWasFree said,
Not available on WP Marketplace in UK...

It's not even available on WP Marketplace in the US when I search for it... it takes a little time.

OnlyUsernameThatWasFree said,

It says this, even though my HTC Trophy has all the latest updates, checked Zune too:
Can't buy application

You need to update your phone using the Zune software on your computer. Some Zune and Marketplace experiences may be limited until you have updated.

Found what is the problem.
It requires gyroscope...

OnlyUsernameThatWasFree said,

Found what is the problem.
It requires gyroscope...

I was able to find it and install it on my Trophy with no problem. It just told me that I didn't have a gyroscope and I ignored that and continued with the install...

OnlyUsernameThatWasFree said,
Not available on WP Marketplace in UK...

Can confirm it's on the market place in the UK, and the app works well, even with my age old LG E900. I signed in to the market place from the website and downloaded from there. No need for zune to manage the apps.

sagum said,

Can confirm it's on the market place in the UK, and the app works well, even with my age old LG E900. I signed in to the market place from the website and downloaded from there. No need for zune to manage the apps.

Still can't install... sux...

For some reason, I thought all Windows Phone devices already had this as a native camera feature. Meh. At least it's available now.

Manish said,
For some reason, I thought all Windows Phone devices already had this as a native camera feature. Meh. At least it's available now.

I heard it'll be built in to WP8, but that's a very mysterious update. More info to come in June.

sexypepperoni said,
Worthless app, I have had it since it was launched and I've only used it once.

Waste of resources.

So, because YOU only used it once it must be worthless to everyone then?

Techomaniac said,

What does GS;mac mean?

I assumed GS was Glassed Silver, and he writes Mac or iOS depending on what device he's writing on.

McKay said,

I assumed GS was Glassed Silver, and he writes Mac or iOS depending on what device he's writing on.


I think someone asked this same question yesterday

georgevella said,

I think someone asked this same question yesterday

I think someone asks this question every time GlassedSilver posts... lol

M_Lyons10 said,

I think someone asks this question every time GlassedSilver posts... lol

Probably because people don't usually have signatures on front page posts. Kinda rude.

CM:WIN, did i do that right?