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There's no shortage of camera apps in Google's Play Store, but every once in a while a new one hits that really wows us. That's the case with Photo 360° - a super sleek new app that lets you capture a full 360 degree view of your surroundings, items, yourself (using the front-facing camera on your device), or almost anything else you can imagine. Here's a quick look at how it works:

Pretty sick, no? Not only does the app allow you to catch some really rad photos, but it also includes the ability to capture sound along with the picture, as well. In all fairness, it's not actually a photo, but rather more of a low-quality video of sorts. Regardless of this, the end result is still quite fascinating, and looks drastically different than if you just fire up the record feature on your device and rotate in a circle.

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I agree, the interface could be improved. It's quite unattractive.

The 'picture' can also be shared with friends over social networks, email, messaging, etc. However, this is the first (and seemingly only) downside of the app: the sharing feature requires the use of "tickets," which are only available via in-app purchase. Each ticket will garner you one share, with prices ranging from $1.00 USD for four tickets, $2.00 for 10 tickets, $7.50 for 50 tickets, and $10.00 for 100 tickets. If you just want to give it a shot to see what it's all about, though, the app starts you off with five tickets for free. Yay!

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It's also worth noting that the app is recommended for use in outdoor areas, as the 'pictures' often turn out blurry and the quality is sub-par in low lighting (which I verified to be true).

The app is totally free (unless, of course, you plan on sharing your results), you can grab it from the Play Store using the widget below.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • OFI

    AP as a website who's sole purpose is the discussion of mobile devices you really need to work on your mobile template. I can't be the only one to notice this surely?
    Any embedded youtube videos completely screw up the tables as it won't scale. Consequently just trying to write this comment is tedious as the browser just looks at the wrong place so you have to type blind.

    • Cameron Summerson

      What device/Android version/browser are you using?

    • Tim M

      I would be on this site soooooo much more if they had an app with a widget that shows you the newest posts, like Android Centrals. I like AP for the news a lot more, but I still use AC more on my phone because I hate trying to navigate their site.

      ...Actually I use AC a lot more on my computer too since it loads a lot faster and I have less problems with it in general. :(

      • Aaron

        Do you find it funny that Android Central's app looks like an iPhone app?

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      We're using a PRO version of the mobile plugin called WPTouch, which is pretty much the only plug-and-play mobile solution for WordPress, but unfortunately it seems like it could be finicky sometimes.

      The video situation seems to work better in Dolphin, for instance, compared to a stock browser, but if you zoom out and back in, it still sucks. It's quite frustrating, really.

      As for the comments jumping around, I noticed it in Android browser as well, but have no idea how to explain it other than it's a horrible bug. No other browser, like Opera, has this problem, only the Android stock browser and its derivatives. AP isn't the only site that I've seen it happen on, and it's quite infuriating.

      I'm hoping to drop this and roll our own someday, as it's too heavy and bloated, but at the moment, I'll try to tweak it and keep up with the updates.

  • OFI

    SGSII all stock 2.3.4, stock browser.
    Desire on CM7 2.3.7, stock browser does the same.

    Not come across it on other mobile sites as they scale the youtube frame to the table.

  • Chris

    Pretty disappointing that you need tickets to share. Any way to grab the file off of the SD Card and upload it manually to FB?

    • Wr3ck

      It says in the help menu of the app that it saves it the "the Gallery" so it should be able to be shared thru the Gallery (if they mean the normal Android Gallery).

      I can't seem to get the progress bar to move much to get a pic but I'll try again later so I'm not spinning around in my cube at work, lol

  • Samvith

    The in app purchase model must be stopped and developers like these need to be discouraged. don't buy this fucking app

    • tarzankun

      Why? People can't make money from their work?

      • Tim M

        Pay for the app instead of each share. Or do what so many other developers do: Make it free, add a few ads and make more money than you would if you charged for the app.

        • tarzankun

          So what if they don't go that route? Don't buy them. Why does it have to fit your model of business to be legitimate?

        • Tim M

          I didn't say it wasn't legitimate. I just said that they would get a lot more biters if they didn't make people continually pay over and over again anytime they want to use their app. If they were smart about it, they would realize that this will bite them in the ass. Their app won't be as popular as it could be because they are forcing people to spend money each time they want to show a picture to someone. I really don't think I am the only person that is turned off to in app purchases. On games I don't mind them, as long as they are not required to make progress in the game.

          In the end they can charge you as much as they want to share each picture, but its just going to be digging their fail hole a little deeper. I'd rather click through a few ads each time I wanted to use it.

      • JeffDenver

        This app is a bait and switch.

        That is obnoxious. It says it is a free app but it is clearly not free.

  • Tim M

    Pretty cool! However I will be uninstalling it after posting 5 pictures. Fuck buying each share, that is crap.

  • http://www.academia-nutcrackers.com Sven Enterlein

    So there's no other way to get the picture out of this app and off the phone/tab without having to pay?

    • sasha

      Upload them to PC. Then you can use Open software for play/open them

  • Lon Lawrence

    If the apps are really worth having, then they are worth paying for. Stop this in-app-purchase crap. Either load it up with ads for a free version and offer a paid no-ad version, or make it free, or make it a paid app. If you don't sell any, then it wasn't a good app to begin with. The voting comes from the billfold. I won't even download in-app-purchase apps. waste of time.

  • koniczynek

    I think that recording HD video and uploading it to YouTube is a faster and better way to take 360 "picture" of your surroundings.

    • http://na hyperbolic

      of course if you have 4g or a min 10mbit wifi...

    • sasha

      it is a good idea. Thanks.

  • Jim Thomson

    I don't like in app purchases either.

  • lincthra

    I'd love to see this taken a step further with the ability to take a 360 pic of an object and convert it into a full-on 3d model.

    • dan

      Right... that would be awesome, but really don't see that coming too soon. :P

  • JeffDenver

    This app is a Bait and switch.

    It masquerades as a free app, but you will be paying for the pics you take if you want to actually show them to someone. Un-installed.

  • sasha

    I don't like pay for sharing photo.
    I have uploaded the files to PC and use sfera_player software for open them.
    So, I mailing photos and software to my friends instead pay for sharing.

    http://yehongmei.narod.ru/sfera_viewer_rus.htm