April 27, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
At CTIA 2011, we took a look at an exciting new app from a start-up know as Viewdle. The then-unnamed app caught my eye because it allowed users to take a photo and instantly have faces tagged for sharing on Facebook. Viewdle’s creation was one of the most interesting apps I saw at CTIA, and I eagerly awaited the chance to test it on my HTC EVO 4G.
My EVO 4G is primed to go, and so should your Android phone, because Viewdle SocialCamera has arrived. Available for phones with Android 2.0 or higher and a 1 GHz processor, SocialCamera makes it easy to take a picture with a mobile phone, tag the faces in the crowd, and then upload to Facebook. Viewdle’s facial recognition technology allows the app to quickly identify faces and automatically tag them in a photo, which eliminates the need for you to manually do it on the desktop.
SocialCamera also shares to Flick, MMS, or email. The app even has a feature that can send images directly to the contacts recognized in your photo. Users can also add a caption directly from the app, which is then posted on social networking sites or in the message sent to friends. Provided that lighting conditions are acceptable, SocialCamera works fairly well. You will have to take a few pictures to build up the Faceprints data for facial recognition to work properly, however, so connect with Facebook and begin snapping photos to improve suggestions. SocialCamera can also import from the Gallery (photos stored on your phone) to get you moving along. Here’s a quick demo video