Oct 29 AT 12:42 PM Taylor Wimberly 45 Comments

Google shows off Photo Sphere, the new camera experience coming to Android 4.2


Some people were expecting that the Google might disappoint with the camera experience on the Nexus 4, but it looks like Google paid extra attention to adding new camera features. One cool new camera feature coming to Android 4.2 is Photo Sphere, which Google says, “lets you capture images that are literally larger than life. Snap shots up, down and in every direction to create stunning 360-degree immersive experiences that you can share on Google+ with friends and family–or you can add your Photo Sphere to Google Maps for the world to see.”

Several of these Photo Spheres are already live online, and you can explore incredible uploads from photographers around the world right now. I really love the idea of being able to capture 360 photos, and I can’t wait to start sharing them with others. Watch the video and let us know what you think.

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  • Hinds2009

    Google has knocked photo taking to a next level! +Google

    • zerosix

      The final nail in the coffin of Apple.

      • Hom0ncruse

        Well done, my padawan. Well done.

      • Dan13

        I almost downvoted out of habit until I caught the last bit of your comment. Tricky!

      • MyMilan

        How? By copying a iOS app that was out over two years ago?

    • Steve

      roFfL… my butt it is. I’ve been using 360 Panorama from Occipital since it came out just a little over TWO YEARS AGO and it had automatic uploading and sharing since last year. Looking at the demo of Photo Sphere… it sucks compared to Occipital’s version.

      Oh yeah… and there’s a blandroid version of it too. I wonder why fanDroids didn’t catch it then and now they’re going “OMGGGGGG IT’S TEH NEWEST THING EVARRR” XD.

      I’m glad I’m with iOS. Though the novelty of 360 panoramas has already worn off. I guess that’s the only downside. Like wanting to experience my first time getting laid all over again…

      • Keenan

        Same reason people are excited about the gesture based typing.
        Stock/in house features usually make people happier than 3rd party apps

  • http://clarklab.net Clark Wimberly

    I’ve been using 360Panorama for months, which functions almost the exact same way, except it doesn’t come with such easy ways to share. Being able to pump these right into G+ or Maps is probably more than enough to make me switch over.

    • Steve

      Dude… when was the last time you friggin upgraded your version of 360 Panorama? You can share it on Facebook and Twitter even! Best… it’s automatic and it’ll even upload it and give you a URL to use anywhere… on any device.

  • stepquick

    Really neat feature, I may have to upgrade to this phone, since the original nexus is now missing from the play store. :( Was waiting for a price drop, not a complete discontinuation.

    • Nate B.

      Plus the Nexus 4 will have a better camera quality and pixel wise so.

    • kazahani

      They probably can’t sell the GNex for any less than $349 without losing money on it. Honestly I don’t know how they are able to sell the Nexus 4 for only $300…


    I think its stupid.
    Record with video cam and turn around. Who designed this mess? And i bet half of the meandroids cant use it because of the heavy dreadful android fragmentation. Fail.

    PS. Nexus 4 is fat and ugly. Its almost twice as fat as the new iphone. Lame.

    • Samuel Daoust-Ratelle

      The butthurt is strong with this one.

      • h0ruza

        ha! i think i’ll use that phrase a plenty. Bravo!

    • iamtpb

      BRAVO Sir !! BRAVO .
      You Sir ……..! Get Well Soon ..you clearly cant see what is going on..

  • ericl5112

    This also seems very similiar to a product microsoft either bought or developed a while ago, in theory at least. Not that microsoft has done anything with it. Looks like this will be fun to play with.

    • Alex Popowitz

      yeah photosynth was my first thought too

  • nippi1111

    yeah yeah …apple also introduced panorma,…..nothing new in it….wait …what the F*** is this

    • halo0

      Android had panoramic image capability for well over a year before Apple copied it.

      • nippi1111

        bro wait…i was being sarcastic…i love android to d core …pls dont take it the other way…apple sucks big way and i was jus taking a dig at apple shitty panorma

  • jamal adam

    Google is definitely refining all their services and adding new features that will make life for their users simpler and easier. I think that from the looks of all that has been shown and all that will be seen from more hands-on with the 4.2, Google is clearly and heavily invested in the user experience, it’s been showing since ICS. This features aren’t just cool but they are something that users will appreciate and use often and that’s what makes it awesome.

  • Mix

    This is SICK!

  • MikeG

    Mouth is drooling! This is a really cool feature. I don’t like to get in the iPhone vs. Android bashing war, but this feature makes the panorama iPhone5 commercial look antiquated.

  • msw

    Way to push the envelope. Very cool.

  • bigboi

    This is like street view, but off road. I wonder if google will use it like that.

  • this sucks

    no lte, no sale. way to move technology backwards

  • h0ruza

    Love it! Apple rips off Android’s panorama. Google simply makes it better. Wicked!

  • aranea

    This is very cool. I’m excited about the new Nexii and android 4.2

  • Nathan D.

    Ha, apple doesn’t have this feature naturally. Along with many features we all know apple doesn’t have like nfc. Apple falling behind more and more even with their added updated ipad.

    • MyMilan

      iOS has been enjoying this feature via an app for the past two years. If you weren’t so biased you would have known that.

  • nexusnewb

    A stupid question: Is this a Nexus-exclusive thing or can you use this camera app with any phone (running 4.2)?


  • walker

    I bet Apple is going to release a revolutionary method of taking photos on their iphone 5s or iOS 7 (or whatsoever)… next year.

    Good job Google, you’ve taken panorama to a different axis!

    • MyMilan

      LOL…. How sad to be you. Actually fact is iOS had an app that did this over two years ago. So much for your “taken panorama to a different axis” LOL

  • Dan Smigrod

    Hi Taylor,

    An unlimited number of Android 4.2 captured 360-degree Photo Spheres can also be published, viewed and shared via TourWrist for free by setting up a free http://www.TourWrist.com account.

    On behalf of TourWrist,


  • Steve

    Wow, the comments here just prove how sad it is over at the Android end. This tech was out (on the iOS… as a *wait for it* iOS APP) well over two years ago and you’re all just discovering this NOW??

    You don’t need to wait for it to be a built-in feature. In fact, best it isn’t so you don’t need to wait for your carrier to tell you when to upgrade to fix/improve it : P

  • Pravas

    As Nokia has no sign of running Android on its devices. I would really love to see something ground breaking tech in the camera front by Google.

  • friendlyfire

    This is going to be very popular

  • amIT29

    kick ass :) maybe it can even project 3d images using the same method….. this is like next generation panaroma view compared to lame panaroma of S2 or iphone 5 .

  • omprsingh

    As usual innovation at its best! Good one.

  • Stig03

    man i lovee it!!!!!!!!

  • sbala

    This is the best feature I have seen in a OS

  • klcow92

    I guess users will now contribute to streetview with photosphere

  • prime_optimus

    Amazing ! When they will be releasing this for ICS ?

    • klcow92

      surely someone at xda will fix something for ics :D