Facebook’s Slingshot now available for Android, offers photo sharing with a unique twist


Facebook Slingshot

After Facebook’s new photo sharing app, Slingshot, leaked out a bit prematurely last week, it seems the social network is finally ready to make things official. The app has just gone live on Google Play, along with the official Facebook page and new promo video announcing availability of Slingshot for both Android and iOS. You can check out the video here.

For those unaware, Slingshot is Facebook’s latest attempt to mimic the success of Snapchat. While Messenger is aimed towards direct messaging with friends and family, Slingshot’s focus is more on the social aspects of photo sharing. Like Snapchat and Instagram before it, the whole point of Slingshot is to share pics (and having friends who actually want to receive your pics). But unlike rival services, before your friends can ever view your pic, they’ll first need to send one back. It’s an interesting take on photo sharing, and one that could help increase engagement (or kill it completely).

Like most new social services, Slingshot’s success relies heavily on your circles using it. Given it’s ties to Facebook, it sounds like finding friends on the service wont be too difficult. Worst comes to worst, you can always share selfies with grandma. You can download Slingshot free for Android via the link below.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. None of my 300+ FB friends have it yet lol.

  2. I said it before. This is Rando with people you know.

  3. I love new apps, but this one is dumb.

    1. Your entitled to your opinion, that’s why Android is great, tons of options and apps. However, I at least want to give them kudos for doing something a little different, outside of the box slightly. There are way too many snapchats and wannabees. At least it’s a little different.

  4. None of my 3000 facebook friends have it yet lol

    1. And you actually know how many of them?

      1. And you care because… ?

  5. We’re flattered that Facebook “borrowed” IP for our messaging mechanic that we debuted at the TechCrunch Pitch-off in Los Angeles. Copying a mobile based startup in Los Angeles to compete with another LA based startup that was already copied? Perhaps the new source of “innovation”.

    1. Interesting.

  6. I’ll give it a week or two.

    1. So I’m not even giving it a week. The whole unlock thing is dumb. You get a picture, you have no idea what it is. You send back a random picture or face. Usually has nothing to do with what they sent. Then you get another back if then trying to unlock yours. It gets very confusing with the more users you have. The app would be okay except for the unlock feature.

  7. Stupid concept. His about making the existing application easy and logical to use?

  8. Waiting for the nerds to come in and bash it right away…and done

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