Facebook has decided to do away with their photo syncing feature from their mobile app and are pushing it’s users to the moments app. It announced this would happen, early December 2015 and on Jan11, 2016 the plan did spring into action as the feature is shut down permanently from the flagship app.
“We are phasing out Facebook’s photo syncing feature. Photo syncing is an opt-in experience that syncs photos taken on your mobile phone to a private section on Facebook, viewable only to you, where you can view or post the photos if you choose. The feature was launched in 2012 when people took photos on their phones, but still posted primarily from computers.”- A Facebook spokesperson stated in a press conferance.
Facebook has done this so users can turn their focus on ‘MOMENTS’, the social networks standalone photo sharing application. The application has tighter security when compared to Facebook photo sync. It has features of private sharing, facial recognition etc. Users also can tag their friends in certain photos and sync these photos in their own collection. This is a very easy way for the user to keep track of photos that they have taken.
Facebook is now focusing on this new app and thinks that it could be the next big hit app for Facebook. It has been already sending out notifications to download the ‘MOMENTS’ app to its users. Something similar was done in the case of the’ messenger’ app when the same social network ripped out messaging capability from its main app last year. Users were asked to download the messenger application for a mobile chat, which resulted in the messenger app being the most downloaded application on any store.
‘MOMENTS’ has been creating quite some noise after its introduction by Facebook. At present, it is in the top 10 list in the Google play store and ranked number three in Apple Itunes app store. This is all because of the promotion of the application that is being done by Facebook to popularize it.
Though as of now ‘MOMENTS’ have replaced photo sync around the world, in some regions of Europe, Facebook has been prevented to release the app, as these regions have tighter security rules concerning facial recognition. Most probably the photo sync feature will remain in these regions, as reported by TechCrunch.
Facebook’s push of their private photo sharing app ‘MOMENTS’ will make the application face Heavyweights like Google Photos. Google lets its users upload full sized photos while Facebook compresses them to as small as 720 pixels. But Facebooks has the advantage of tagging the photos with the users choice of people. The spot for top private photo sharing application is still up for grabs as the users decide which app to go for.