Microsoft's upcoming Mixed Reality app (formerly View 3D) is Android bound according to video?


Microsoft posted a job listing the other day, apparently seeking developers to build a 3D scanning and augmented reality app for mobile devices. One question not answered by the listing is which platform(s) will be the recipient of this work. It appears that Microsoft might have given away the answer with a promotional video it released back in May. The video, which we've embedded at the stop of the story for your viewing pleasure, shows a preview of Redmond's View 3D app. The upcoming app will now be known as Microsoft's Mixed Reality viewer when released.

At the 1:33 mark in the video, you can see a Samsung phone being used to run the app, which is a pretty good clue that it will be coming to Android. In addition, with a large number of Android patents in its IP portfolio, Microsoft would be shooting itself in the foot by not offering this for Google's open source OS. This doesn't mean that iOS users won't be getting a version of the app, but it is possible that Android users will be offered it first. Obviously, Windows 10 Mobile is no longer a viable option.

When built, the app is expected to allow users to capture (possibly scan) and view images in 3D. In the video, a 3D video (featuring a T-Rex of course) is created using a PC and is shared to the aforementioned Android handset for viewing.  While we have no idea when this app will be ready for prime time, we could learn more on October 17th when Microsoft launches the Fall Creators Update for Windows 10, and its Mixed Reality headsets.

source: (translated) via MSPoweruser
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