Photovine, Google’s iPhone photo app, now open to all


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Photovine, Google’s iPhone photo-sharing app, has been available for download for more than a month, but on Wednesday the app was opened up, for actual use, to the public.

Until now, iOS users could download the free app from the Apple’s iTunes App Store, but registering for the service and using the app -- well, that took an invite.


In regular Google fashion, invites were a bit tough to come by. But that’s a problem that is now gone.

The app was built by the team at Silde Inc., a company Google purchased almost a year ago to build social media apps across platforms. And, as we noted before on the Technology blog, Photovine’s app and website are almost completely absent of Google’s logo and branding.

Photovine enables users to take a photo from their iOS device (iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch), or from their device’s photo gallery, and share it with friends in the app, much in the vein of the popular iOS app Instagram. The major difference here is that photos are shared into pools of other images that are grouped into user-created topics called ‘vines.’ The overall experience is intuitive and well-designed.

Once a photo is snapped, or selected from a gallery, users can also share a photo out to Twitter or --Facebook, but strangely enough, not Google+. Hopefully that’s something that will be added soon.


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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles