Photo Sphere

Android Support for Photo Sphere

This page provides an overview of support for panoramic photography in Android. These features were first introduced in Android 4.2 with the Photo Sphere camera.

API for Viewing Panoramas

For Android applications that wish to display panoramas in an interactive spherical viewer, Google Play services provides support for this functionality. Please see the Android Developers website for more information.

Panorama MIME Type

In Android 4.2 we introduced a new vendor specific MIME type to provide differentiation between regular photos and panoramas that are 360 degrees horizontally. Applications that wish to handle panoramas of this type should register an intent filter for the following MIME type:


The Gallery application's Share menu uses this MIME type for 360 degree panoramas, so any application that has an intent-filter for this MIME type will be added to this menu for devices running Android 4.2.

For example, the Google Maps application uses this MIME type to allow users to upload 360 degree panoramas for all Google Maps users to see (a geotag is required in the image for upload).

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