This year, Layar is aiming to make Augmented Reality useful for smartphone users. The company's Raimo Van der Klein said, "This year we are continuing to look for more ways to bring augmented reality into people’s everyday lives. With today’s new version, we’re able to take a huge step closer towards that goal by giving users the chance to discover exciting new content and share cool layers and augmented screenshots with friends." Layar users will be able to pass along interesting screenshots via Twitter and Facebook. In addition, Layar 5.0 will bring an improved UI and certain layers will now have animated content.
While Layar 5.0 is available now from the App Store and the Android Market, those using the app on a smartphone powered by Symbian will not be able to access the new features. The company hopes to have the updated version of Layar available soon for the OS.
The updated Layar 5.0 is now available for the Apple iPhone and Android users; it brings a new UI with sharing features and some animated content