After some incredible hard work from our Android Dev Ronald (@jsourcenl) and some testing, from our “Guy with a Droid” Dylan (@mykoan), we are so proud to say that we are finally available on Android Market for all Droid users.
So for the Techies: What did go wrong? Well, on the Droid we had encountered some difficulties in the OpenGL overlay over the camera image. After certain actions, the camera image would be placed on top of the AR world. We did not have this problem with the other Android handsets. That is the reallllly short version ;-)
Minor bug fix: This update also fixes an issue with the sleep/wake functionality that caused Layar to sometimes steal focus when turning on your phone. Sorry about that one..
Verizon Wireless, Motorola and Google thank you for your patience and support.
Now it is time to celebrate the weekend!
Layar is currently not compatible with the Verizon Droid by Motorola that was launched today in the US.
This is due to an API change in the Android implementation on this device. It breaks a feature that was enabling Layar to draw a camera view in portrait mode and overlay it with the well-known Layar interface elements. Unfortunately this is not something that can be fixed easily. Therefore Layar is not available for users of Verizon’s Droid phone at this moment. Note that the Verizon Droid Eris phone is supported, as it runs on a different Android implementation.
The upcoming major version of Layar (v3) will change this and we will also support Android 2.0 devices in this new version. We expect this version to hit the Android Market in a few weeks. For all of you with a Verizon Droid, thanks for your patience.
We have waited a long time but it is finally there! Layar arrived in the App Store. It’s free and available globally. Below some screenshots of the App.
Let us know what you think of the App.. We really like it!! ;-)
UPDATE: Layar 0n Iphone in Japan
OSX & Iphone Itunes screenshots:
Today, 14th of August, Samsung Netherlands announced that Layar will be pre-installed on Samsung’s first Android phone, the Galaxy (i7500). This Layar version will have, next to the regular content, exclusive layers of Dutch restaurant review site IENS, Buienradar (rain-forecast) and Samsung Search by ilocal. We are grateful that Samsung has chosen Layar as a partner to bring our exciting service to their customers. During today’s press-event the Dutch press was also treated to a preview of our new and improved browser: Layar Reality Browser 2.0
If you are interested to hear all about our next browser just RSVP for the Layar NEXT event coming Monday in Amsterdam.