Facebook iPhone Camera App review
Within a week of Facebook going public it has launched the Facebook iPhone Camera App, adding to the growing number of camera iPhone Apps available for iOS device owners. The app will go head to head with the popular Instagram which was also recently bought by Facebook for a staggering 1 billion dollars; a sale that has not quite been finalised as its currently awaiting regulatory approval.
So why did Facebook buy Instagram?
Industry experts speculate that the purchase of Instagram was more of strategic move to try and keep competitors including Google and a new player in the market, Pinterest from getting too close to Facebook. As well as this, Facebook will also benefit from access to all the technical expertise that has created the Instagram app.
How does Facebook Camera compare with Instagram?
Whilst the Facebook iPhone Camera App is not supposed to be based on Instagram, they do both offer similar tools; allowing you to take photos, edit them and browse them all.
The Facebook Camera app has the added functionality that will record your photos location, allow you to add captions and also tag people in your photos just like you can on Facebook. If you want to edit your photos you can; scale, crop, rotate and apply 1 of 14 filter effects such as Cream and Coffee to create the image you want to share online. You can also get involved and Like a photo and leave a comment just as you’d expect from the rollout of a Facebook iPhone App. Multiple photos can be shared simultaneously between your friends and family with just the swipe of your screen and if you want to enlarge a photo from a friends album, this can be achieved with just a tap.
There are some differences between the two apps but, given their similarity, it remains to be seen if this is, in effect, a rebrand of Instagram to Facebook Camera; blending the tools and functionality of a top rated camera app with the domineering force of the Facebook brand and its enormous online community at just the touch of a button.
The app has been launched in English speaking countries and is due for roll-out worldwide in the upcoming weeks. If you’re one of the growing number of Andoid phone users, you’ll be disappointed to know that this is only available for iOS with no details from Facebook about the development or launch of a version of the Facebook camera app for Android.
The Facebook iPhone Camera App is compatible with the; iPhone 4 and 4S, the 4th generation iPod touch, the iPhone 3GS, the iPad 2 Wi-Fi and version with Wi-Fi and 3G, and is available to download to any of these iOS devices for free from the Apple iTunes store.
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