360-degree panoramas from supported devices can now be included on websites, thanks to new Google widget

The ability to create 'Photosphere' 360-degree panoramas is one of the coolest features of the current crop of Nexus devices (and a few others running custom software). But so far the only place to share these images has been Google+ and a handful of other Google services, including Maps.

Today that changes, with the launch of new code widgets allowing Photosphere images to be embedded in the HTML of a standard web page. The results can be seen above -- that's a shot on the Las Vegas strip during CESĀ 2013, taken on the Nexus 4.

The process isn't anywhere near as simple as a YouTube video embed. You'll need to know the exact URL of the image you want to use, as well as a bunch of other parameters calculated from metadata on Google's servers. So we're still a ways off a simple share button for Photosphere images, which is a shame.

Right it's still a very small minority of Android devices that has the ability to create these images, but regardless, this new code is an important step in opening up 'spheres to third-party sites.

More details and sample code can be found over at the source links.

Source: Google+; More: Google Developers


Reader comments

Photosphere images can now be embedded via the web


Picky are we?! Sure, there are some MINOR discrepancies here and there, but for what it does, I'd say this is pretty darn good.

Anyways, I believe this is really neat and I feel that some websites could really take advantage of such a feature. I believe Photosphere needed some type of website integration to really become more and more used by the customers. As soon as bigger sites like Facebook adopt this widget, then PS will really take off!

A lot of it is in the skill of the photographer. I sucked at first but have gotten quite adept at it. It has to do with how you pivot left and right, up and down as you take the series of photos. If you move around and change angles, the results aren't going to be as good.

By the way, the stitching shouldn't be device dependent. It would likely just take longer on a Nexus S with the same quality output.

Exactly! The movement of the camera should be as though it had a steel pole passing through the middle of it and firmly embedded in the ground, ie the phone should not move at all in any direction, just rotate about the center point of the phone... most stitching issues are user related.

@Alex Dobie

Thanks for the cool post.

hope and wish google make it very user friendly soon. extremely cool project.

Thanks in Advance

PhotoSynth from Microsoft is out for Windows Phone (2012) and been out for iPhone since 2010. Its awesome and easy to use makes great 360 panoramics. Why isnt it out for Android yet is beyond me. So now we have to wait until this software comes out from Google, which even though its just software, will most likely be intentionally installed on the latest and greatest phone. That I cant buy because like most people, I am in a contract. Grrr