Facebook is reportedly preparing to release a “photo sharing application” for the iPhone, TechCrunch on Wednesday obtained about 50MB of images and documents detailing the social networking site’s plans.
The program is allegedly code-named either “Hovertown” or “WithPeople” and could be released either as a standalone download for iOS devices or integrated into Facebook’s existing iPhone app. Author MG Siegler says the screenshots look “amazing”.
The app’s functionality is being described as “Path meets Instagram meets Color.” Path acts as a photo journal of sorts, while the popular Instagram app allows for adding effects to mobile phone images. Finally, Color takes photos and makes them more social, showing the user pictures taken by other users near that location.
With an astounding six billion photo uploads each month and a total of staggering hundred billion photos (or about 150 photos per user on average), a photo sharing app from Facebook would easily become a smash hit. Count us officially thrilled.
Facebook’s app comes soon after the announcement of Twitter integration into iOS 5. While the idea that the new app is a response to that is a valid interpretation, the app also comes at a time when Instagram is slowly but surely picking up users. Either way, Facebook has definitely begun to place more emphasis on mobile sharing, and ideas such as these, are hopefully the start of some innovative new ideas in the Facebook iPhone app.
While Instagram has certainly been able to build up a following on its on, both Path and Color haven’t been able to replicate that level of success. An app built by a service like Facebook would obviously have a large user base that would make these features more useful for those who have downloaded it.