Google's Photovine image sharing app exits beta

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is expanding its new Photovine image sharing application beyond closed beta testing, making it available for public download via Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone. The free app was previously available on an invitation-only basis. Google still has not issued a version of Photovine optimized for its own Android operating system.


Photovine lets users share photos with friends as part of a "vine."

Developed by Slide, the social media startup acquired by Google last summer for $182 million, the free Photovine app enables users to snap a photo with their iPhone and share it friends as part of a "vine"--i.e., a group of photos tied together by a single, shared theme or caption, like "My Home" or "Warm and Fuzzy." Users may post photos to Facebook and Twitter, search for their social networking contacts and send SMS and email invites.

Photovine is the second photo-sharing app released by Google and created by Slide in recent months: In late June, Google unveiled Pool Party for both Android and iOS, enabling to users create group albums and see friends' photos in real time. Both Photoslide and Pool Party follow on the heels of Google+, the increasingly popular social media network that promises to rival Facebook by giving users the flexibility to selectively share materials with friends and family sorted into "circles."

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