April 15, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Cooliris, the very same people who brought you the official Google Android gallery app, has released an update to its LiveShare photo sharing app. In addition to separating public and private streams, users can now make comments on the group-sharing photo streams started by them or their Facebook friends.
LiveShare is a cool Android app that we covered during Mobile World Congress 2011 (see our hands-on demo). It acts as a photo pool for people attending events like bridal showers or concerts, and then allows friends to share those photos with each other, contacts who couldn’t attend, or the entire world. Yes, that’s similar to Color, but LiveShare actually makes more sense since you have control over what’s share and images can be seen by people outside of the immediate area and can be accessed easily online. The app links with Facebook and provides the option to create private streams that only select people can view or create a public stream. The latest version makes it easier to distinguish between the two.
Adding comments makes Liveshare more interactive and seems to be a natural step in its evolution. Half the fun of Facebook photos comes from the snarky comments my relatives and friends make about stuff we post, so it will be nice to see how commenting adds to LiveShare. Whenever someone comments on a stream photo, the app will send an Android notification (AirMail must be installed to receive notifications).
Aside from the new features, Live Share has also been treated to some tweaks that should provide “better performance, stability, and battery life,” says a team member from Cooliris. Download the app from the Android Market and see for yourself.
P.S. LiveStream is also available on iPhone and Windows Phone 7 devices, so tell your friends