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Gingerbread update for Optimus 3D to feature 2D-to-3D conversion for apps

Everybody knows that LG's 3D-capable smartphone, the Optimus 3D, sports an interesting ability which allows users to convert 2D images and videos into 3D on the fly with the help of some software. However, it seems that the Korean company is keen to take that functionality one step further to provide a more complete 3D experience for end-users, and it comes in the form of 2D-to-3D conversion support for downloaded apps as well. And the best part of it is that users will not have to wait too long to enjoy this additional support.

Read on to find out more.

Do you remember LG's Optimus 3D smartphone? You know, the one which boasts a glasses-free 3D display, along with the interesting ability to convert images and video files from 2D to 3D with the help of some sophisticated software algorithm? Well, if you happen to be the proud owner of an Optimus 3D handset, we have got some good news; you will soon be able to apply that same 2D-to-3D conversion ability to your downloaded apps in a few months time.

According to a report published by Ubergizmo, the upcoming Gingerbread update, which is slated to be made available for download come October this year, will update the 2D-to-3D conversion engine to grant users the ability to apply the 3D effect to apps, and for those who are wondering about the practicality of this enhanced feature, let's just say that catapulting an angry red bird into a structure populated with fat green pigs is sure to hold some form of appeal for most casual smartphone users.

That being said, it would seem that the updated 2D-to-3D conversion engine does have its own share of drawbacks and limitations. For one, The Inquirer is claiming that the feature will only work with applications and games that have been developed using the popular OpenGL application programming interface, so this means that it is possible for some apps to be incompatible with the 2D-to-3D converter. In addition, it is claimed that the 3D app conversion feature will only work in landscape mode, and that "any applications or games that use only portrait mode won't be suitable for conversion".  Oh well.

Source: Ubergizmo, The Inquirer

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