This photo app uses VR to help you plan your shots — and it’s now cross-platform

photopills launches android beta mockup  planner and widgets
The iOS version of PhotoPills (pictured) is migrating to Android. PhotoPills
A popular iPhone photography planning app is expanding to Android platforms — earlier this week, PhotoPills launched a beta version on Google Play.

PhotoPills aims to capture that “all-in-one” app title with a variety of different tools for both planning and shooting. Like astronomy-based apps such as the Photographer’s Ephemeris, PhotoPills will tell photographers just where the sun and moon will be and when — and will even tell you which way to point the camera to capture the Milky Way in the night sky.

If those celestial bodies aren’t quite where you want them, the app will also help you calculate when the stars will align, literally. 3D augmented reality views can even help make sure the view is accurate before even beginning the shoot.

But the app also aims to go beyond helping photographers align the sun just right in their landscapes — the platform also acts as a location scouting tool by using Google Maps to get an idea of what an area looks like before heading out. Locations can also be saved as points of interest to head back to later.

Along with the scouting tools, PhotoPills builds in a number of different calculators to assist photographers as they shoot, including long exposure, time-lapse, and star trails. The app will also calculate hyperfocal distance, depth of field, and field of view.

The PhotoPills community also awards $6,600 in cash prizes to the best submitted photos.

While the scouting tool has been on iOS since 2013, the Android variation wasn’t even in the works until last year. The public beta release changes that and — while the beta is still meant to detect bugs — brings an early version to the Google Play Store. The developer says the Android version will have the exact same features as the Apple-friendly variation. Even the price stays the same — $10.

Download for iOS Download for Android

Photography

Sweet 16: Wacom’s Cintiq 16 pen display makes retouching photos a breeze

Wacom’s Cintiq pen displays are usually reserved for the pros (or wealthy enthusiasts), but the new Cintiq 16 brings screen and stylus editing to an approachable price. Does it cut too much to get there?
Mobile

These parental control apps will help keep your kids' device habits in check

Looking for extra security and monitoring on mobile devices? Take a look at the best parental control apps for limiting time and keeping watch on your child's phone usage and behavior. We have the top options for Android and iOS here.
Deals

Need a new tablet? Here are the best iPad deals for April 2019

In the wide world of tablets, Apple is still the king. If you're on team Apple and just can't live without iOS, we've curated an up-to-date list of all of the best iPad deals currently available for April 2018.
Deals

It’s time to check out the best Apple Watch deals for April 2019

The Apple Watch has surged to prominence in recent years. If you're in the market for an iOS wearable, we've sniffed out the best Apple Watch deals available right now for all three models of this great smartwatch.
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Mobile

China bans selfies at gigantic Aperture Spherical Telescope

You can't take a selfie with the world's largest single-dish radio telescope anymore, as the Chinese government has banned everything from smartphones to digital cameras in the surrounding 5-kilometer area.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Robots that eat landmines and clean your floors

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it's fun to gawk!
Photography

Light on price but rich on features, these are the best cameras for students

Need pro-level features on a budget? The best cameras for students mix advanced features with a more palatable price point. From $2K entry level full frame cameras to $600 budget picks, here are five of the best cameras for students.
Photography

After controversial video, China bans ‘Leica’ on social media

A video that referenced Tiananmen Square got the name of the camera company Leica banned from the social media platform Weibo. Leica says the video wasn't an officially sanctioned promotion.
Photography

Photography News: Instagram’s disappearing likes, the best photos of the year

In this week's Photography News, see why Instagram is testing a version that excludes the number of likes a post gets. Also, see the impressive winners from two photography contests and the latest features coming to the Fujifilm X-T3.
Photography

Panasonic Lumix S1R vs. Sony A7R III: Which pixel-shift powerhouse is better?

The Lumix S1R and Sony A7R III are different in design, but similar in performance, and both offer pixel-shift high resolution modes which pull even more detail out of their already high-resolution sensors. Here's how they compare.
Photography

Earn more likes on your photos with the best cameras for Instagram

Looking to snap better Instagrams? Instagram doesn't demand high-resolution files, but upgrading your camera can deliver better bokeh and low-light quality. Here our the best cameras for Instagram.
Photography

Capture life in every direction with the best 360 cameras

While 360 cameras are still a new technology, that doesn't mean there's not a few that are worth a look. Whether you want to shoot from the middle or just need a simple, affordable option, here are the best 360 cameras on the market.
Photography

These point-and-shoot cameras make your smartphone pics look like cave paintings

If your smartphone camera isn't giving you the results you want, maybe it's time to step up your game. The latest and greatest point-and-shoot cameras offer large sensors, tough bodies, and long lenses -- something no phone can touch.