Google's Cardboard Camera app opens up VR photography on Android

Google has created an app which turns Android mobiles into 360-degree cameras as it looks to make the technology as inexpensive as possible with its entry-level Google Cardboard product.

The Google Cardboard camera operates in much the same way as a multiple-image panoramic shot – the only crux being the user is required to spin in a circle to capture the full scene.

Once the mobile is inserted into Cardboard, users will be able to explore the scenes in VR, complete with a 3D field of depth.

Cardboard Camera could be the app which opens up VR photography to the public in the coming future. It is available on the Google Play store now.

The Google blog provides a handy how-to guide: "VR photos are three-dimensional panoramas, with slightly different views for each eye, so near things look near and far things look far.

"You can look around to explore the image in all directions, and even record sound with your photo to hear the moment exactly as it happened."

In anticipation of the impending Google Cardboard app rollout, the Google Play store removed a number of apps carrying Cardboard in the title.

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