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Google’s 360-Degree Storyteller, SpotLight App, Now Available For iOS Devices

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Google’s Spotlight, a light-hearted entertainment cum storytelling app which use 360 degree 2D/3D animated videos for the purpose, has now hit iOS devices, almost 2 years after it was available for Android. The videos were originally developed by Motorola before its 2011 acquisition by the search giant.

Videos in Spotlight app are meant for light-hearted entertainment, and stories built using 3D and 2D animations, 360-degree spherical “cinema-quality” video, sound sphere audio, and “sensor fusion techniques,” says Google. All in all, you can look around in the video, similar to how you usually view on 360 degree ones.

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These video, like your usual 360 degree ones, take advantage of multiple sensors working in tandem within your smartphone, like accelerometer and gyroscope for providing an all-round 360 view within the video. Unlike usual 2D videos where just the content within the current frame is visible, 360 degree videos provide a more immersive experience by letting you view everything around the current frame as well.

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The Spotlight android app, developed by Motorola Mobility’s Advanced Technology And Products (ATAP) moonshot division, were originally meant just for Moto devices like the Moto X and others. However, Google continued to put in resources to develop this technology, and hence released an android app, which could run across a larger scope of Android devices. It still however, does not support all droids out there.

The iOS app can run on any device running on iOS version 8 or higher, says Google.


 

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