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Google Photovine iOS photo sharing app now ripe and ready for picking



screen_shot_2011-08-18_at_12.09.53_am.pngAbout a month ago, Google's Photovine app for iOS became available for download in the iTunes app store. To use it, however, you had to have an invite, so for most people the app was dying on the iPhone vine. Then on Wednesday Photovine was opened up for every one to use.

Photovine is a social photo sharing app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Users can make a new photo or select photos already in their camera roll and share them with friends who use the app. Photos are grouped into topics created by users that are called "photovines," defined as "a group of photos around a single, shared caption. Each user can start a new vine with a photo and caption and subsequent users can add photos or comments take on each vine.

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The app has Facebook and Twitter account integration for sharing of photos and users can invite friends to join in though SMS and email functions built into the app as well. No Google+ sharing is built-in, and actually the app isn't branded as being a Google app at all, which is rather odd. Another weird thing is that they released it for the iOS operating system but not for Android, and that has caused quite a bit of buzz in the Android community. Hopefully they'll be bringing the app to their home-grown mobile operating system soon.

[Last modified: Thursday, August 18, 2011 12:38am]


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