Facebook Testing New Feature That Syncs Photos From Android Devices
Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com – Your Universe Online
Facebook is testing out a new feature for Android devices that syncs photos taken by a smartphone user with a Facebook account. The new feature is essentially a cross between Google+‘s instant photo-upload and Apple’s Photostream available on iOS devices.
Facebook’s Photo Syncing allows users to store mobile photos privately, then choose which to share. For users to try out the new feature, they must head towards their timeline, tap “photos” then tap “sync” at the bottom of the photos section.
When a user takes a picture on an Android device, the photo uploads directly to Facebook afterwards, but remains private inside a “Synced from Phone” tab inside the new Photos page.
Facebook said that when you view your synced photos, you can choose shots to share or send in a private message. Photos that have been streamed to a Facebook page can be shared in private messages, or on a timeline.
The social network said that it will try to sync photos as soon as they are taken, but it added that it does take into account a number of factors such as a phone’s battery level and sync settings.
“New photos that you take will be privately synced as you take them,” Facebook said in a post about the new feature. “In your syncing settings, you can choose to sync over Wi-Fi and your cellular network, sync or over Wi-Fi only, or turn syncing off entirely.”
Facebook said that it will sync photos at around 100K so it doesn’t eat up all the available data on a smartphone’s plan. When a device is connected to Wi-Fi, Facebook said that it will send larger images of photos.
Opening up this feature for Android comes just as Apple releases iOS 6 for its new devices, which integrates Facebook more heavily into the iPhone and iPad. With iOS 6, users can just click on a photo they have taken on their device, and share it with Facebook seamlessly.