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MacRumors
Mar 3, 2010, 03:36 PM
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Augmented reality firm Layar today announced (http://layar.com/layar-is-back-on-iphone/) that its iPhone application Layar Reality Browser (http://appshopper.com/navigation/layar-reality-browser) has reappeared in the App Store after a several-month absence. The much-anticipated (http://www.macrumors.com/2009/06/16/layar-shows-augmented-reality-possibilities-on-iphone-3g-s/) application capable of utilizing the camera, GPS, and digital compass on the iPhone 3GS to superimpose data on top of live video had been released (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2009/10/15/layar-reality-browser-appears-in-app-store/) last October but was pulled in December for a complete rebuild after users reported a number of issues with the application.We are happy to announce that Layar is back in the App Store and available for the iPhone 3GS. The new Layar Reality Browser has a re-engineered engine under the hood. This new engine makes the application light, stable and very quick. It is ready to handle all the current layers and it is a good base to realize all of our exciting future plans.Layar Reality Browser is a free application compatible with only the iPhone 3GS, due to its reliance on the device's digital compass (not present in earlier models) for orientation and information display.

Article Link: 'Layar Reality Browser' Returns to App Store (http://www.macrumors.com/iphone/2010/03/03/layar-reality-browser-returns-to-app-store/)



andylyon
Mar 3, 2010, 04:04 PM
Good news. I submitted this article hours ago!

Friscohoya
Mar 3, 2010, 04:44 PM
Cant wait to see if this thing actualy works.

ngenerator
Mar 3, 2010, 04:46 PM
Cant wait to see if this thing actualy works.

Me neither, looks interesting, now that I have a 3GS:)

Good news. I submitted this article hours ago!

Must be the timezone difference, lol

Maverick1337
Mar 3, 2010, 06:09 PM
is it possible to download even though i have a 3G. I mean, can i have it on itunes just in case if it ever goes from a free app to a paid one? I know i can't use it on a 3G but im wondering if i can just have it on itunes just in case

bassanoclapper
Mar 3, 2010, 06:56 PM
Cant wait to see if this thing actualy works.

I've used the earlier version a few times, was lucky enough to grab it before it was pulled

Is quite impressive

ngenerator
Mar 3, 2010, 07:03 PM
is it possible to download even though i have a 3G. I mean, can i have it on itunes just in case if it ever goes from a free app to a paid one? I know i can't use it on a 3G but im wondering if i can just have it on itunes just in case

Yes, just so long as you dl it on iTunes (since it just won't allow you to on the iPhone itself). I tried it before for a bunch of 3GS-only apps before I upgraded, and it gave me an error.

andrew0122
Mar 3, 2010, 07:55 PM
I've used the earlier version a few times, was lucky enough to grab it before it was pulled

Is quite impressive

I must agree. I loved the app. I didn't even know that it had been pulled. I'm going to have to get the update.

arkmannj
Mar 3, 2010, 09:11 PM
just curious, why was it pulled ?


...still waiting for Google Voice app to come back...

Cubert
Mar 3, 2010, 09:59 PM
The concept of this app will revolutionize the iPhone platform.

I say "concept" because it's still theirs to lose.

joseluis.17
Mar 3, 2010, 11:37 PM
hopefully other developers will start doing this kind of apps so we'll going to have more to choose from

iBungie
Mar 4, 2010, 03:29 AM
I installed this app last night and this morning tried it out - it works surprisingly well

The local layer feature allows you to enter a keyword - I was amazed as dots appeared on the radar for things like swimming, skiing, bank etc with links then provided with contact details - all in a semi-rural area of Scotland.

Excellent app.

pmz
Mar 4, 2010, 08:03 AM
Typical MacRumors. Not one sentence in the article on what it does. Far more concerned with the drama of being removed the from App Store now rebuilt with a vengeance.

If its even worth buying, I'd have no idea since that doesn't seem to matter, just that its back.

andylyon
Mar 4, 2010, 08:35 AM
Typical MacRumors. Not one sentence in the article on what it does. Far more concerned with the drama of being removed the from App Store now rebuilt with a vengeance.

If its even worth buying, I'd have no idea since that doesn't seem to matter, just that its back.

Buying? It's free just give it a try and you will then know for yourself.

finatk
Mar 4, 2010, 10:09 AM
is it possible to download even though i have a 3G. I mean, can i have it on itunes just in case if it ever goes from a free app to a paid one? I know i can't use it on a 3G but im wondering if i can just have it on itunes just in case

Just downloaded on my 3G and it downloaded and installed fine, DLing in prep for new hardware in June *fingers crossed*

Michael73
Mar 4, 2010, 10:27 AM
I must agree. I loved the app. I didn't even know that it had been pulled. I'm going to have to get the update.

Agreed. I really like the app and wasn't aware either that it had disappeared. Further, I never had any "issues" with the app so I don't specifically know why it was pulled.

ckelley
Mar 4, 2010, 05:43 PM
Typical MacRumors. Not one sentence in the article on what it does. Far more concerned with the drama of being removed the from App Store now rebuilt with a vengeance.

If its even worth buying, I'd have no idea since that doesn't seem to matter, just that its back.

Umm... RTFA?

Augmented reality firm Layar today announced that its iPhone application Layar Reality Browser has reappeared in the App Store [...] The much-anticipated application capable of utilizing the camera, GPS, and digital compass on the iPhone 3GS to superimpose data on top of live video had been released last October but was pulled in December for a complete rebuild after users reported a number of issues with the application.

Not to mention, it wasn't PULLED from the app store by Apple, they pulled it because it was sub-par. From their blog @ http://layar.com/layar-will-be-back-on-the-iphone-soon/

We take great pride in our product and are very serious about delivering high quality to our users and our developer community.

This is why we decided, ourselves and not Apple, to pull our application from the Appstore after the number of users reporting crashes exceeded our own quality standards.

We are currently re-engineering the app and we are aiming for resubmission to the Appstore by the end of February.

anjinha
Mar 4, 2010, 08:23 PM
hopefully other developers will start doing this kind of apps so we'll going to have more to choose from

There are a few more actually: Robotvision (http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/robotvision/id329678544?mt=8) is a good one. Yelp has augmented reality also.

Friscohoya
Mar 5, 2010, 12:13 AM
Now that I have tried it I can say its pretty good. Needs time to mature. Should be able to turn on all layers at once though maybe you can and I havet found it yet. Should also be able to filter to your tastes.

ChazUK
Mar 5, 2010, 03:01 AM
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Its not a bad little app. I could see it being useful when on holiday somewhere new.

Out of interest, how well does it work for the 3g iPhones without the compass? I'm assuming it uses the compass on the 3gs to determine which direction you are facing.

andylyon
Mar 5, 2010, 03:05 AM
Out of interest, how well does it work for the 3g iPhones without the compass? I'm assuming it uses the compass on the 3gs to determine which direction you are facing.

I think they state that it is not for use on a 3G although you can download and install it.

ChazUK
Mar 5, 2010, 03:10 AM
Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Android 2.1-update1; en-gb; Nexus One Build/ERE27) AppleWebKit/530.17 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/4.0 Mobile Safari/530.17)

Out of interest, how well does it work for the 3g iPhones without the compass? I'm assuming it uses the compass on the 3gs to determine which direction you are facing.

I think they state that it is not for use on a 3G although you can download and install it.

Aah, thanks. I'll check out the description when I'm in front of my Mac!

joohansson
Mar 5, 2010, 01:32 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnO62d44NI8

iphones4evry1
Mar 6, 2010, 01:03 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BnO62d44NI8

AWESOME-NESS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

maxcreigs
Mar 6, 2010, 04:03 AM
This app looks really good but ultimately it is whether the data it stores is sufficient or relevant enough for the user. I haven't seen any information that would be useful to me at this point.

dbaxter
Mar 6, 2010, 10:38 PM
Hey,

I dont know that I've ever used it. I think its more of an app for the iPAD device now right?

dbax
darrick baxter
owner/operator

Ja Di ksw
Mar 8, 2010, 10:26 AM
Does anyone know where it gets its data from? So, for example, would it work in Austria?

Creative One
Mar 8, 2010, 05:17 PM
Hey,

I dont know that I've ever used it. I think its more of an app for the iPAD device now right?

dbax
darrick baxter
owner/operator

Well it might be, if the iPhone had a camera?
DUUUUUUUUUUH!

iBungie
Mar 9, 2010, 03:27 AM
It needs a camera to provide "reality" images onto which themed icons can be placed in relation to the distance & direction to the item being searched for. Works best out of doors - more accurate. I've found it useful for finding nearest bookstore in a city centre and also direction of nearest train station. You look a bit odd when you are using it - like you are taking a really long time to take a photo.....spookiest list I called up was to plot distance & direction of people who had recently sent tweets.

Hey,

I dont know that I've ever used it. I think its more of an app for the iPAD device now right?

dbax
darrick baxter
owner/operator

Thomas Harte
Mar 9, 2010, 12:02 PM
acrossair (http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/acrossair-augmented-reality/id348209004?mt=8) is another option.

iBungie
Mar 12, 2010, 02:57 PM
acrossair (http://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/acrossair-augmented-reality/id348209004?mt=8) is another option.

Thanks for this link. It seems to have a more useable interface

steezy1337
Mar 12, 2010, 06:48 PM
robotvision is a good one aswell, i've been switching between acrossair and robot vision. robotvision kinda has a 1up because it can find flikr uploads and tweets if you're that way inclined.