Pre-orders for the Android-friendly version started shipping today, and the accompanying Android app is now available for download in the Play store.
Rylo is a small 360-degree camera created by former Instagram and Apple engineers that makes it easy to extract a 16:9 frame from the spherical video via a companion smartphone app.
First introduced late last year, Rylo originally only worked with iOS devices, but that’s changing today with the launch of Rylo for Android.
Pre-orders for the Android-friendly version started shipping today, and the accompanying Android app is now available for download on Google Play, the Rylo team announced. Rylo for Android is available in the US for $499 and comes with a case, battery, 16GB microSD card, protective pouch, as well as sync and charge cables. New orders will ship within 24 hours, Rylo said.
“We’re thrilled to bring Rylo to Android,” the team wrote. “Our Android app lets you watch, edit, and share from anywhere. You’ll never have to wait to download and edit from a desktop again.”
Like the iPhone app, the Android version lets you “create a perfectly framed clip from any section of your 360-degree shot and share a flat HD, or fully immersive 360-degree video,” the team wrote. You can “add points with a single tap to tell the camera where to look after-the-fact. Or use the follow feature to automatically track important objects.”
Rylo earned a “good” rating in PCMag’s review; we liked that it lets you easily extract a 16:9 frame from your spherical video, but said the device “needs more pixels to deliver clear results.”
“Limited resolution is an issue—the finished video is on the soft side and shows artifacts,” PCMag’s Senior Digital Camera Analyst Jim Fisher wrote.