Facebook’s Unreleased Mobile Photos App: How We Think It Works

A large set of documents and images of an as yet unreleased Facebook mobile photos app was leaked yesterday to TechCrunch. Many details remain unclear, including whether the app will be part of the traditional mobile apps, a standalone app, or both.

The app cherry picks some of the best design and functionality from existing photo apps Instagram, PicPlz, Path, With, and Color, and combines them with new features and a low-friction sharing process. Facebook didn’t directly acknowledge the app’s existence, except to say, “We’re constantly working on new features and enhancements to our products but have nothing new to announce at this time.”

We’ve dug through all the available images leaked and here’s how we think the new mobile photos app will work, though nothing is for certain until the app actually launches — if it does.

Single and Multi-Shot Sharing

The photo shooting and sharing experience appears to go like this. Users take a photo through the app or select one from their device’s library. They can then tap faces to tag friends. A “What’s Happening?” button allows them to tag the photos by Facebook Places or a Facebook Event they’ve RSVP’d to. They can then add a description to be published alongside the photo, set privacy restrictions on the photo to a certain bucket or list of friends, and then post it to Facebook.

When users select photos from their existing shots, Facebook appears to group them by timeframe, such as today or last week, as well as by geolocation. A grouping of recently taken but unshared photos reminds users of saved up content.

There are also more unique features, like the ability to take multiple photos and share them in a set. As each additional photo in the series is taken, a counter on the share button increases. Users can then location tag and describe them all at once.

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