Facebook launches new picture messaging app

FacebookFacebook launches photo-messaging app

Facebook has launched a photo-messaging app one week after incidentally releasing it on Apple’s app store.

Known as Slingshot, a app’s facilities embody pity photos and videos with friends and promulgation “reaction shots”.

Like Snapchat, all images are deleted once sent and users can baloney or form over their photos.

The app comes with an unlocking mechanism, whereby photos perceived from friends contingency be unbarred by “slinging” a print behind to a strange sender.

On a social media page for a app, a creators said: “With Slingshot, we wanted to build something where everybody is a creator and nobody is only a spectator.

“When everybody participates, there’s reduction pressure, some-more creativity and even a small things in life can spin into overwhelming common experiences.”

The app is grown by Facebook’s Creative Labs division, that has been tasked with formulating new and innovative products.

Slingshot users do not need to have a Facebook comment to pointer adult for a photo-messaging app. They can entrance a app with their mobile phone series and bond with friends in their phone’s hit list, or they can bond around their Facebook friends’ list.

Snapchat competitor?

The Slingshot launch comes as Facebook is perplexing to quarrel off threats from other amicable networking agents, that also enclose messaging and photo-sharing tools.

In further to building a possess apps, Facebook has also been on an merger spree.

In 2012 Facebook bought photo-sharing network Instagram for $1bn.

A year later, it was reported that Snapchat deserted a $3bn bid from Facebook, divulgence a amicable media giant’s apparent continued and critical seductiveness in photo-messaging services.

Previously Facebook attempted and unsuccessful to emanate a successful image-messaging app called Poke, that was recently deserted and had been described by some as a “blatant copycat app.”

However, distinct Poke, Slingshot has a series of singular facilities not found in rivals such as Snapchat, that could make it a clever competitor.

Another identical app and intensity opposition is Taptalk, that is reportedly admired among some Facebook engineers.

Taptalk provides a partially minimalist and simplified proceed to design messaging, permitting users to send personal cinema or videos by drumming or holding their friend’s form picture.

It has also been remarkable that Slingshot’s idol is strikingly similar to Taptalk’s.

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