360: TeliportMe Brings Its Killer Panorama App To Android (Oh, And It Works On Over 200 Phones)
July 29, 2011 at 22:03 PM EDT
Last November, TechCrunch's own Sarah Lacy sat down with Vineet Devaiah from “social streetview” startup, Phototour.in , which, at the time, had just received term sheets from a number of high-profile U.S. investors and had recently been awarded the "Top Emerging Technology Company of 2010" by Nvidia . The startup was the first international, non-funded, under-20-member company to win the award, according to Devaiah. Since then, Phototour added Academy Award certificate-winner and entrepreneur Bala S. Manian as an advisor (who was honored for "technical achievement" for his contributions to optical technologies used in films, including Star Wars) and has gained more than 47,000 users for the alpha version of its image and panorama crowdsourcing app, "360", on Android. Users have logged more than 75,000 panoramas, so considering the rumor that iPhone 5 will have a native panorama app, sources tell us that 360 may well be a candidate for being the app that makes Android competitive in the space.