The tech giant Google has made available its Cardboard Camera app on the App Store for iOS devices. The application allows users to capture 360-degree pictures and experience them in a virtual reality fashion using just an iPhone and a VR viewer.
The announcement of Google’s Cardboard Camera for iOS comes nearly a year after Android users first got the innovative app on their mobile devices in late 2015. Those on iOS will enjoy an enhanced experience in comparison with Android enthusiasts’ first approach to VR images at the hands of Google.
Cardboard Camera also introduces the new features present in the version for iPhones as an update for Android handsets. Most notably, the app now lets users share their content with others seamlessly through the platform itself.
What’s new in Google’s Cardboard Camera?
The VR imaging app comes to iOS for the first time just as simple as its Android counterpart. There is no bloated interface or sophisticated features, as the Cardboard Camera is an intuitive tool to experience the world in a different, almost real way through your device’s screen.
Booting the app prompts the camera to open. From there, users need only to hit the record button as they were shooting a video with their phone and complete a 360-degree turn to capture an image with Cardboard Camera.
However, although it may seem logical to record horizontally in landscape mode, the Google app works even more directly in vertical portrait mode like users tend to hold their phones.
Moreover, pictures captured with Google’s Cardboard Camera turn into experiences thanks to the integration of audio recording as well. In this way, when users decide to relive the moments in their mobile devices, they will not only be able to see those amazing sights again but also listen to the environment just as it was when the images were captured.
Android devices and iPhones now count with a social component included in the VR app by Google. Once users finish up snapping a 360 picture, they can easily create an album with only that or more photos to share with others through the app itself or get a link that can be embedded on websites, emails, or messages.
Google’s Cardboard Camera is a particularly interesting application in iOS, especially now with the release of the iPhone 7. It remains to be seen how Google will support the cutting-edge optical technology in the iPhone 7 and what the results will look like thanks to its fantastic camera. iOS users on devices with 3D touch are also in for a treat with the VR app from Google.
To fully experience Cardboard Camera images, a VR viewer is required. Google’s Cardboard viewer is only $15 and works like a charm to provide cheap, yet vibrant VR pictures, videos, and apps.