Hopes dashed on 360 Panorama's Android release

Android development was delayed for the 360 Panorama app.

Interesting; very interesting. There was a teensy bit of excitement earlier today when the easy-to-use stitch-free real-time panorama app from Occipital, 360 Panorama, was made available for Android users running Gingerbread (version 2.3) and upwards, as well as its adoring iOS fans. 360 Panorama has a 4.5 star rating in the App Store, you see.

The thing about 360 Panaorama is that it's supposed to be super-easy to use: all you have to do is launch the app, sweep around in a smooth-moving tight circle, et voila! One real-time panorama ready to email to your Mum so that she knows you're not living in squalor or share directly Facebook or Twitter to make your friends jealous of the view from your roof garden.

But since it was made available in the Android Market earlier today, there have been reports of crash after crash after crash and plenty of people are complaining that it isn't compatible with their devices, in particular the Samsung Galaxy SII. And this comes after Occipital delayed the development of an Android version, citing performance issues in the Android OS; it simply couldn't keep up with the app. Now it seems as if it still can't, much to the disppointment of quite a few users. I say 'quite a few users'; complaints and one-star reviews are amassing by the minute on the Android Market and there have been vociferous complaints on TechCrunch and Engadget, too.

Hopes were so high for this. It seems such a shame. What went wrong?