Microsoft is certainly capable of delivering
top-notch software and that's exactly what you should expect from the
Photosynth app allowing you to stitch panoramic images in a cool
three-dimensional sort of way for “full-sphere panoramas.” Given
that the app is free, we can see no reason why it shouldn't become
widely popular very soon. But weird as it sounds, the app has been
released only for iOS. That's right – no Windows Phone 7 version.
If you were wondering what's the reason for this, Blaise Aguera from the Photosynth team has the answer for you: WP7 is not mature enough and doesn't allow for low-level access to the system, required for building such an app at the moment. Do we sense unintentional friendly fire? Check out an extract of his statement below and judge for yourself:
Photosynth was released for iOS only
At Bing we’re always interested in reaching as many people as possible, which means we’ll always develop for multiple platforms. But over time, we’ll be doing more and more of our early innovation on the Windows Phone.”
But if you thought that's going to change soon, you might want to rethink as Microsoft has gone with the careful, vague “coming next” wording when speaking about the WP7 release of the app. We wouldn't be overly pessimistic and we're sure that Redmond is hard at work to deliver the next major Mango update, which will supposedly allow this, but rushing an app to iOS meanwhile and stating that its own platform is not yet mature enough leaves us slightly confused.
That's not to complain that we can enjoy a wonderful app at the moment. And when it comes to its functionality, Photosynth also allows easy sharing of the created panoramic images to Facebook, Bing or Photosynth.net. Check it out at the iTunes link below – it'll work on your iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPad 2, or iPod Touch.