Shoto app launched to let Android and iOS users easily pool and share memories
Shoto app has been launched for Android and iOS. The new app lets users easily pool and share memories in a way different from popular photo sharing apps like Instagram and Flickr.
Unlike most of the photo sharing apps, Shoto uses a proprietary location tracking technology to tell you how many photos were taken with friends and family members. It also lets you share photos and create private or public albums using its native Amazon cloud storage.
CEO and co-founder Sachin Dev Duggal told the reporters at the launch event in New Delhi that Shoto app works as the “Swiss Army Knife of photos” and provides free space on Android and iOS devices by automatically saving photos on its cloud storage.
In addition to saving and sharing photos, Shoto app lets you search for nearby events, known people and places. This means that it appears to be a bit sort of photography-centric social network. However, it also has Facebook and Twitter integration to let you share your photos and albums directly on both the popular social media platforms.
“We’ve understood through the journey of building Shoto that it’s those precious ‘in between’ moments in life that often go unshared,” Sachin said in a press statement. “The magic of using Shoto is that it makes it convenient for all of those special moments, big and small, to be organized into meaningful collections just the way a user would naturally see and remember them.”
Shoto app has an easy-to-use interface that allows you to easily add friends directly from your contact book or an existing email account and enables controlling of what to be shared with whom. Especially for iOS 9 devices, the app has Spotlight search integration to let you search for places, photos and people directly from the unified search bar.
Besides, Shoto app comes with a built-in photo editor that allows you to instantly edit your photos before sharing with friends or family members. There are filters to enhance an existing frame and a crop tool to let you crop your photos to any size.
One of the limitations of Shoto is that it does not initially allows you to share your photos directly on photo sharing platforms like Instagram, Picasa or Flickr. Also, there is no way to upload photos from desktops or Windows Phone running smartphones though there is Shoto Web for viewing particular photos online.
Shoto app is available for free download from Apple App Store and Google Play Store. The app comes in four local languages, including Hindi, Spanish, French and Mandarin, in addition to English.
Founded in 2013, Shoto has additionally announced the funding of $1.5 million from investors Real Ventures and Kunal Nayyar. The investment is claimed to be used to boost Shoto app’s development and go-to-market strategy.