Results: do you care about 360-degree cameras?

So, the other day, Andy Rubin’s new company — Essential — finally revealed the Essential Phone. A contemporary flagship through and through, with top-of-the-line hardware, titanium and ceramic build, an all-screen front, and even a courageously missing headphone jack. What else could one ask for? (water resistance would be nice)

One of the Essential Phone’s special features is its module port — you’ve got a magnetic connector on the back, which will accept Essential accessories with a click. And, at launch, we’ve got two of those — a 360-degree camera and a charging dock.

About that …


Poll: do you care about 360-degree cameras?

Yesterday, Andy Rubin’s new company — Essential — finally revealed the Essential Phone. A contemporary flagship through and through, with top-of-the-line hardware, titanium and ceramic build, an all-screen front, and even a courageously missing headphone jack. What else could one ask for? (water resistance would be nice)

One of the Essential Phone’s special features is its module port — you’ve got a magnetic connector on the back, which will accept Essential accessories with a click. And, at launch, we’ve got two of those — a 360-degree camera and a charging dock.

So, about that former …

HTC U 11 will feature 360-degree sound recording, new video teaser suggests

HTC wants us to get excited about its upcoming flagship smartphone – the HTC U 11. The handset will be officially announced next week, on May 16, but, before that, HTC released a new video teaser to keep our interest piqued.

HTC’s new video – embedded above – is quite short, and is accompanied by a “360 real-life recording” caption. From this, we can conclude that the U 11 will feature 360-degree sound recording – or maybe 360-degree video recording, too? This is the second U 11 feature that HTC is (kind of) confirming, after the phone’s squeezable frame – apparently …

Google announces Street View program with 20 new 360-degree cameras coming in 2017

Google has just announced a new Street View-ready certification program, which will be integrated with 20 new 360-degree cameras coming to market throughout 2017. All the cameras that will be released in the coming months will meet one of four new “Street View ready” standards, Google confirmed.

The new certification program will allow Android and iOS users to publish Street View directly from a mobile application via 360 cameras, without having to use a desktop workflow.

But the new program has three other tiers with functionality in other fields like VR, …

Moto Z2 Force renders and 360-degree video leak out revealing an interesting surprise

Motorola is getting ready to announce two new high-end smartphones this year: the Moto Z2 and Moto Z2 Force. First spotted several days ago, the latter model can now be seen in a set of clear renders and a 360-degree video, thanks to @OnLeaks and Android Authority. Thus, we’re now able to take a pretty good look at the upcoming handset from all angles.

Like the Moto Z Force released last year, the Moto Z2 Force reportedly sports a 5.5-inch display (with 1440 x 2560 pixels), and has a largely similar design – including support for Moto Mods. However, there’s a significant and surprising …

AccuWeather hits the Samsung Gear VR with scary 360-degree tornado close-ups

All weather apps are real in that what you see on screen is (usually) what you get outside. AccuWeather, though, is going next-level real. One of the most popular weather apps in the world – if not the most popular – has launched on the Samsung Gear VR, bringing 360-degree video and weather information in ways we haven’t seen before. Okay, hold up… how do you make a freaking weather report exciting enough to be worth blasting your retinas up close for?

It looks like AccuWeather had this sensitive question figured out well before boarding the VR hype train. For starters, …

Facebook's Gear VR app allows you to view 360-degree photos and videos

Although some may still consider it to be a niche product, virtual reality is steadily becoming more available and popular. While Oculus VR and the HTC Vive still remain inaccessible to most people due to their demanding PC specification requirements, platforms such as PlayStation VR, Gear VR, and Google Daydream/Cardboard help make quality virtual reality experiences available to the masses.

Gear VR is one of the oldest and most fleshed out mobile virtual reality platforms that currently exists, and today Facebook revealed that it would be brining new software over to the headset …