With a phone at everyone’s fingertips, the moments in our lives are captured by a new kind of photographer: “our friends.” It’s hard to get the photos your friends have taken of you, and everyone always insists on taking that same group shot with multiple phones to ensure they get a copy. This app is an answer to the person who always asks “Will you send that to me,” or “Will you post that so I can have it?” Even if you do end up getting some of your friends’ photos, it’s difficult to keep them all organized in one place on your phone.
Upon opening the app, it labels two catalogs for you—one of them called “Private” and the other “Synced.” When you start, thankfully, everything is sitting in the “Private” catalog. You are asked whether you want to share the photos in that gallery with the person Facebook has analyzed and determined you were with. . Facebook’s facial recognition tech can identify which of your friends are in the photos, and you can privately send those photos to specific friends in the shot. The facial recognition is dead on, too: In our testing, there were no random mismatched faces and share suggestions in Moments.You can toggle specific photos from the generated gallery, as well, so if you want to sync some of them and keep the others from a friend’s clutches, you can.
The app’s default setting is to create a private album that can be used for sharing the discovered image or images simply with those pictured in them. The idea is that the privately shared album grows organically as both people continue to share new photos through it. Moments arranges the photos on your phone into groups, all based on when they were taken—like at a wedding, or a weekend getaway. “Facebook’s facial recognition tech can identify which of your friends are in the photos, and you can privately send those photos to specific friends in the shot.”
Although the app is exclusively available for USA only at the time, Facebook is planning for global launch of this app very soon. We hope to get our hands on the app and experience the innovative way of sharing photos.
If you spot the global launch early, use the links below to download and install the Moments app: