One of the coolest new features of Android 4.2 is Photo Sphere, a native photo application that you can use to create 360 degree panoramas that are saved as a single image. The application displays a three dimensional room when you open it that you fill by taking photos of all directions that appear in gray on the screen. All the photos that you have taken in the process are then processed by the application and saved as a single image. Metadata is added to the phone that contains information relevant to create the panorama.
These images can be viewed in the Android phone directly, or published on Google+ or Google Maps. While that is great and all, there has not been an option until now to publish the images on your own website or another third party website.
One of the developers of the Photo Sphere application has not released code that webmasters can add to their sites to display Photo Sphere images without Google+ or Google Maps. A test image has been uploaded to Github that you can load to see how it looks like on a third party website. Just click on the makeIt link to load the image and rotate around the Panorama.
There is also sample code to get this working in image gallery apps or apps that are able to read EXIF XMP tags.
For now, this is not more than a theory as you probably do not have access to Photo Sphere images or an Android 4.2 smartphone that includes the feature natively. It is likely that we will see plugins for popular services such as WordPress if the Photo Sphere feature proves to be popular. (via Caschy)Advertisement
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