Layar Reality Browser, Augmented Reality Makes A Splash: Android App Review

May 26, 2010 - Written By Chris Yackulic

App Name: Full name of the app/rom and the company who makes the AppLayar Reality Browser, by

Description: (From the maker’s Website): The official app/rom description and what the app/rom does.The Layar Reality Browser shows what is around you by displaying real time digital information on top of the real world as seen through the camera of your mobile phone. This technology is called Augmented Reality. We augment the real world as seen through your mobile phone, based on your location.

How it works: The idea is simple: Layar works by using a combination of the mobile phone’s camera, compass and GPS data to identify the user’s location and field of view, retrieve data based on those geographical coordinates, and overlay that data over the camera view.

How to use the app and the functions and the options.

Opinion: Personal opinion of the app and how you use it.The Layar Reality Browser (wow, that’s a mouthful!) can be both a great utility to find something to eat, drink, or have fun with, but also, and more importantly, it’s a great way to show off the capabilities of your phone to your friends. And I mean show off in the greatest extent of the term.

What Layar does is superimpose icons for food or fun over the view through your phone‘s camera. Point up the street and see what there is, or go the other way to see if there’s something more interesting.

Not only does Layar give you the skinny on local food choices, but there‘s a ton of free and paid “layers” that can get you the weather, the local Wiki, You Tube and even Space Invaders! Layar will bring out the inner geek in you faster than an Intel i7 can calculate your GPA.

There is way too much in Layar to fully give it justice in a short review like this, so take it for a spin and see where it will lead you. Chances are you‘ll find something new in your town or some neat place hiding, non-descript like, that will become your new haunting ground.

Ratings :

Speed (4/5) add coment hereThe app itself is very snappy, that slow part is waiting for data, especially if you‘re out and about and not on wi-fi.

Features (35/5) add comments hereThe app is fully packed with layer upon layer of fanciful good stuff, a lot paid and even more free.

Theme (23/5)add coment here The overall look and feel of Layar is good. There are grey-scale tabs at the top and a mixed bag of colors for each layers icons on a white background with black text that is easy to read at a glance and very easy to comprehend.

Overall (3/5) add coment here Layar is “the next big thing” for smartphones. It’s polished enough now but there is always room for improvement and the future of this type of app is very bright indeed.


  • Easy to use on the go. Makes finding an eating or drinking establishment fun and fruitful.
  • Fun use of camera and layering technology to put the augment smack dab into Android Land.
  • It’s a great way to wow your friends and learn more about your surroundings.


  • A little overwhelming at first glance with all the Layer choices.
  • Tough to find local layers in the US (At least in St. Louis!)
  • Not all layers work in all cities.The negatives of the app in point form

Conclusion: Round up conclusion of and the functionality of the app The Layar Reality Browser is a functional, albeit gimmicky, app that surely has a place in the “wow factor” of Android-dom but also serves a great purpose in helping you find places to eat, play and drink with a fun form and function. It’s augmented reality. Really.