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Google Launches “Views” as a Place to Share Your Photo Spheres and Panorama Shots of the World

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If you own a Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Google Play Edition phone or have flashed a stock Android 4.2 ROM that supports Photo Sphere, Google has given you a new service to upload your beautiful pictures of the world to. It’s called Views, and is somewhat of an extension of Google Maps. All Google asks that you do is take Photo Spheres as you travel the globe and then share them to Views to create one of the coolest photo collections we have ever seen. 

There is a web interface that you can upload from your computer to, but Google also claims that you can view your Photo Spheres of places in the stock Android gallery, press “Share,” and then share through Google Maps. I can’t get sharing through Google Maps to work through my Galaxy S4 GPE, but it could simply be a user error on my part.

You can also share your DSLR panoramic shots as well.

If you don’t have a phone that shoots Photo Spheres, I suggest you at least head over to the Views site and browse around through the stunning pictures that users have submitted of different places around the world. What a fun site this is.

Via:  Google Lat Long | Google Views

  • Jarrett Guma

    I dont get what I’m doing wrong, mine keep coming out weird, like its not stitching together correctly, and i supposed to go up and down with the camera in a circle, or go horizontally with the camera then move up/down a level and continue spinning till complete?

  • http://wwww.minecraftchannel.net/ Minecraft

    Google, what they can do for the user is great.

  • Dabarn

    great! free environment-maps for 3d rendering :)

  • joejoe5709

    Thank you. This needs to be a much more popular thing and this is a step in the right direction. When PhotoSphere was announced, I had dreams of Street View-esque interior shots for local stores and attractions. This has not taken off like it should.

  • John Burke

    I like & use SphereShare.

  • shecalledmejay

    Is there a 4.3 custom rom out yet ?

    • Skittlez

      yup. got it on my GNex

  • Greyhame

    Nice! Now we just need an app for this site.

  • Corey Hass

    My collection merged itself over. Taken with a Verizon GS3 on a 4.1.2 ROM

    https://www.google.com/maps/views/profile/113177672143062615996?gl=us

    • Steve B

      Very nice.

  • gbenj

    To upload from the gallery app, you need to have a photosphere thats a full 360 degree shot. I did it when I was skiing and I love that my picture is online.

    https://www.google.com/maps/views/view/112970550979010116227/94b7fa1f97e73012?gl=us&loc=0x875270e1f7f74419:0x8adbd40109fad83d

    • Go Hawkeyes

      I was just about to ask why I don’t have the share to maps option. I only tried it with a quick 90 degree shot in my office to test. I’m headed to Alaska to visit family tomorrow and I can’t wait to post up a bunch of Photospheres to maps.

  • Susan

    I like photo spheres! I’ve uploaded a few on http://photo.merq.org – it’s also a photo sphere sharing community.

    PS: You could also use the “4.3 Camera .apk” on other (no flash required) devices!

  • Shane Redman

    About to go look for mine!

  • DanSan

    i had the option to do this with my galaxy nexus and uploaded a few photospheres to google maps.

    I am able to do it on my galaxy S4 running stock/rooted TW UI but I have the 4.3 camera/gallery installed.

    When I click the Google views page all 3 of my photospheres are there!

  • Jason

    And Nexus 10?

    • Guest

      Never heard of it

    • Tyler

      Might as well add Galaxy Nexus to the list too.

    • Blue Sun

      Who?

    • Blue Sun

      I thought only iPad users take obnoxious photos with larger sized tablets while traveling.