Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Photomath in 2015

2015 was an interesting year for Photomath. A lot of work has been put into improving the app and assuring the best possible user experience. That work has been recognized not just by students and their parents but also by media and tech sector.

At the beginning of 2015, a long awaited Android version of Photomath was released. Compared to previous versions for iOS and WP, new Photomath had many new features and usability improvements. This version provided better support for high school level math packed with completely new and simpler way of displaying math solutions. Throughout the year solver improvements continued and Photomath became powerful enough to scan derivations, integrals and other advanced math problems.

Another major progress happened at the end of 2015 when Photomath 2.0 for iOS was released. The main new feature is Math Keyboard which, for the first time, gives users the opportunity to type-in math problems. With this new feature users now have the option to edit scanned mathematical problems, as well as to use Photomath as a very powerful scientific calculator.

All the effort put into improving Photomath was recognized by those most important - our users. Photomath app has been featured as the best free app multiple times and it has hit over 24M downloads and 4M monthly active users.

Tech sector also recognised that Photomath represents the revolution in both education and modern technology. Photomath is a proud winner of 4YFN competition in Barcelona in a category Digital Media which is the world's largest startup competition on mobile technologies and business models. Photomath team also participated at the Netexplo Forum 2015 and received the Award for the app in the field of educational technology.

Throughout the year Photomath has been covered by many major media companies including CNN, Forbes, Time, CBS, MailOnline, Reuters, Huffington post etc. Photomath also collaborated with the biggest Croatian telecommunication company Hrvatski Telekom through organising math competition HTmatika for students. The main aim of this project was to promote mathematics as an essential and vital discipline but also to show how usable and fascinating it can be.

Here we presented only a short description of all that was happening around Photomath throughout the year. What isn’t described is our everyday work that is inspired by constant communication with our users. On this communication we base our plans for the future. We want Photomath to be the tool children and their parents turn to when they struggle with Math. Photomath should provide instant help for many different math problems, from kindergarten to high school and more. Using Photomath, children should learn better, and get better grades. This is our plan for 2016.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Happy Holidays!

Dear Photomath users,

We wish you happy holidays and a wonderful new year filled with joy, success and loads of solved math problems :)

May 2016 be your best year yet.

Monday, December 14, 2015

What makes the new Photomath 2.0 so awesome?

For all those students struggling with solving math problems as well as parents checking their children's homework there are some great news! A completely new version of Photomath, one of the most popular educational apps in the world, is out now. Photomath is powered by MicroBlinks’ OCR technology which enables it to read and solve math using your smartphone camera - in real-time.

While Photomath 1.0 was recognized as a dream come true for students struggling with math, also being the number one iTunes app a couple of times, the new Photomath 2.0 offers improvements in all areas that made the original so great. The most significant new feature is the Math Keyboard which, for the first time, gives users the opportunity to type-in math problems. Now, in a situation where scanning isn’t possible, users can type in a math problem and receive the answer instantly on screen. In seconds, by either scanning or typing math problems, users can get detailed step-by-step solving instructions.

Above all, with the math keyboard users have the option of editing scanned mathematical problems and observing how the changes affect the solving process which greatly improves the process of learning. Photomath is first and foremost a learning tool and it's very important how well the app explains math problem solutions. That’s why we’ve completely refreshed the looks of Photomath, making it much more intuitive and easier to use. Apart from step-by-step solutions, we’ve included better explanations that often include additional information - for example which formula to use.

Apart from using Photomath for getting help and learning how to solve math problems, Photomath can also be used as a very powerful scientific calculator with features ranging from simple operations, through trigonometry, to algebra and calculus.

Moreover, the new version brings more educational value by solving more advanced mathematical expressions and is now localised to sixteen languages, improving the user experience for non-english speakers.

Photomath is still entirely free, but everyone that wants to support its growth can do so by becoming a “Photomath Supporter”.

With its improved functionality, Photomath 2.0 the essential app for every kid that struggles with math.

Photomath 2.0 is currently available for iOS. A new Android version is scheduled for late 1Q/2016.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Official Android release and a major iOS update

We are very proud to announce the official release of the PhotoMath Android version! Along with the Android version, we are also announcing a major iOS update.

This is the most powerful PhotoMath so far with lots of new features, optimized for your best experience and still 100% free!

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We have been constantly adding new features in order to make PhotoMath even faster, more reliable and user friendly, but this time we really took it a huge step further. Now, Photomath can handle: quadratic equations, inequalities, simple equation systems, absolute value equations, absolute value inequalities, degrees to radians conversion and much more.

Steps, all being done in a human-like manner, are now explained in detail so you can use PhotoMath not just for solving, but for learning.

Find PhotoMath on:

 App Store      Google Play 
 Windows Store      Amazon Store 

NOTE: The Android version requires Android 4.1 or above and an autofocus camera.
If you experience any bugs or issues, please use the feedback button in the app to let us now and we will try to fix it for the next release.

In the heart of PhotoMath is the microblink machine vision technology. As mobile machine vision has such a huge potential in the wide range of applications, microblink technology can be also used for things like bill scanning & paying with a mobile phone, ID scanning and all sorts of various real-time OCR. To learn more about miroblink and mobile machine vision visit

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Thank you, beta testers

26 days ago, we have opened a Google group for Android Beta testing. Today, we are very proud to announce that we have gathered more than 700 people who wanted to be a part of our team of testers and help us make math easy for the Android users too. Thank you!

Our group is still open for all of you who want to be actively involved in PhotoMath. It’s the place where we will publish our first beta and you are all welcome to join.

Just around the corner

Our dev team had overcome many obstacles and we are now just a few steps away from the first Android beta build. We don’t want to ship anything less than what you expect, not even in beta. For that reason, please wait just a little bit longer and we will do our best to make it worth waiting for. ;)

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Alltough the Android version is currently our #1 priority, we are also working hard on bringing the existing iOS and Windows Phone apps even closer to you.

We are just finishing the localization for 10 languages. With this being done, PhotoMath will be even more intuitive for every day usage for users worldwide. This 10 are only our first step, as we are already planing to translate for even more languages. You will be able to check it out soon in AppStore and Windows Store.

Party time :D

Don’t let the picture decive you! We’ve been working hard over the entire 2014, and therefore, we’re quite optimistic about being on Santa’s nice list. Hope your name is there too :). 

We wish you a happy festive season,

PhotoMath team.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Join our Beta testing program!

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Over the last month, our users from all over the world have been using PhotoMath iOS and Windows Phone apps to scan and solve tens of millions of math problems. For them, and for everyone else just starting out with PhotoMath, our amazing team has been working tirelessly to provide even more useful features in our upcoming app updates.

At this point we are primarily working on our yet-to-be-released Android version. Apart from supporting a totally new platform, we are also rolling out support for new types of math problems! Both top the list of the most wanted features we have seen in your valuable feedback. :)

As our team works on these updates, there's one thing you can do to help us...

Become our official Beta tester!

As a Beta tester, you'll receive our latest updates while helping us make PhotoMath better and more stable. You’ll get to test-drive our newest features, like support for new math problems. Of course, it will also allow you try the latest Android Beta version of PhotoMath. :)

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Your every-day usage will help improve PhotoMath by giving us real-world testing data. As Beta testers you will become our elite users who’s responsibility will be to report all the issues with recognition of math expressions, step-by-step solving or general problems through our simple in-app feedback dialog.

Since the Android ecosystem is so diverse, it’s important for PhotoMath team to get your feedback in order to squash various device-specific bugs and make PhotoMath a great experience for everyone.

With your help, we will not just develop a smooth and bug-free PhotoMath, but also get the direction to go with our new features.

To apply for the Beta testing program, follow the instructions on

Thank you for participating! :)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

To all PhotoMath users, followers, lovers and haters

First of all, we want to thank you all for the tremendous interest you showed for our PhotoMath app.

It's really stunning: the PhotoMath video on Vimeo has very quickly reached 2 million views. Our web page has over 9000 page views each minute, and the iOS app alone was downloaded more than 1.6M times in less than three days, becoming the top free app in most countries around the world.

Reasonably, your expectations are high, and we seriously intend to live up to them.

Having in mind lots of different articles in the media, we feel compelled to explain some things regarding PhotoMath and our goals in more details.

PhotoMath is an app which uses a mobile phone camera to recognize mathematical expressions. It instantly solves a recognized expression, and displays step-by-step solution.

At this stage it can solve basic arithmetics, fractions, decimals, powers, roots, linear equations and functions like log, exp, sin, cos. It can recognize printed characters only, not handwritten text. The app doesn't solve word problems, geometry, or calculus.

Most about PhotoMath focus on it's use as a cheating tool. Let's be honest: many kids cheat anyway, and an app which solves math problems automatically won't make this problem worse. However, PhotoMath can be really helpful to many children when they are stuck with their homework and there is no one around to help them to figure it out. If we can eliminate kids' frustration at the point when they can't do anything else but helplessly stare at the book, we'll feel awesome. It's as simple as that.

In fact, we're sure that the same questions were raised when calculators entered classrooms. With PhotoMath, our goal is to make a much more useful calculator.

PhotoMath uses MicroBlink's proprietary mobile machine vision technology to automatically recognize text of a math problem. This is one of our innovations: we do very accurate and fast text recognition on a mobile device, without using an internet connection. Ironically, to do very simple math calculations using PhotoMath, we had to implement highly complex math in our image processing and text recognition algorithms.

Another innovation is our step-by-step system of solving math problems. It enables us to upgrade our app for more complex math tasks in a manageable way. What this means to you is that this system will enable us to make the updates needed for solving more complex math problems in the near future.

PhotoMath is free, because our business is licensing our tech to other software developers and companies to solve a range of different problems. This includes, among others, text and barcode scanning, ID card or payment slip scanning, email address, URL, bank account number scanning. If you are a software developer and think we can help to improve your business in some way, we will gladly respond to your proposals.

We are a small company with employees who love their work and live it passionately. Our goal is to project this passion in the software which we make. That's why we invite you all to try PhotoMath for iOS and Windows Phone, and send us your feedback. You can help us to make an already awesome app even better.

MicroBlink Team.