Browse the Reality on Your Android Phone With Layar

There’s something very appealing (especially if you’re a tech geek) about the idea of augmented reality. Being able to see the invisible meta data in the physical real world around you feels like something from a sci-fi novel, and with the help of an Android (Android) application which just reached version 2.0, Layar, it’s now a reality.

Layar is a Reality Browser, which means it displays real time digital meta data on top of the physical world around you, as seen through the camera of your mobile phone. Point the camera anywhere, and you’ll see layers of information on top of real world objects; these layers can be real estate info, bars and shops, tourist information, tweets from users etc. Imagine sitting in an internet cafe and seeing what the folks around you are tweeting through you camera? Well, that’s exactly how it works.

Besides looking through the camera of your phone, you can also select map view, which then looks a lot like a regular GPS application. You can see points of interest (POI), and each one can be linked to video, sound clip, or a mobile site for more information; you can also play live location based trivia games, check route description to the POI and more.

With version 2.0, Layar has given access to its API to 500 more developers, which are currently developing more content layers. Having Twitter or Wikipedia (Wikipedia) info layers on your phone is nice, but Layar is going to need support from many more developers if the application is to become really useful. Current partners also include Brightkite (Brightkite), Yelp (Yelp), and Trulia.

As of now, Layar is available as a free Android application anywhere in the world, while support for other platforms, including the iPhone 3GS, is coming later. Check out a couple of funny introductory videos below.

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When iPhone 3GS is Coming to your Country, See the List

As you all know iPhone 3GS is going to be launched in USA on Friday, 19 June. AT&T stores will be opened in early morning on that day, whereas users can also place pre-order at AT&T to get a new iPhone exact on the launch date instead of waiting in a long queue in front of the A&T store, this service is just for US customers.

But whats about the other customers all around the world who are also waiting for iPhone 3GS and looking forward for the launch date of new device in their country?
So, here is a complete list of launch dates of iPhone 3GS country wise, which was announced in WWDC keynote by Philip Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Product Marketing.

June 19

Canada
France
Germany
Italy
Spain
Switzerland
United Kingdom
United States of America

June 26

Austria
Australia
Belgium
Ireland
Japan
Netherlands

July 9

Bulgaria
Colombia
Croatia
Czech Republic
Denmark
Dominican Republic
El Salvador
Estonia
Finland
Greece
Guatemala
Hong Kong
Hungary
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macedonia
Malaysia
Malta
Mexico
Moldova
Montenegro
New Zealand
Norway
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Romania
Singapore
Slovakia
South Africa
Sweden
Uruguay

August 9

Argentina
Botswana
Brazil
Cameroon
Central Africa
Chile
Ecuador
Egypt
Guinea
Honduras
India
Indonesia
Ivory Coast
Jamaica
Jordan
Kenya
Madagascar
Mali
Mauritius
Nicaragua
Niger
Panama
Paraguay
Peru
Russia
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Taiwan
Thailand
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
Venezuela

So, just wait a little more to get your iPhone 3GS while it arrives to your country.