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Facebook preps 'secret' Instagram rival app for iPhone

updated 01:15 pm EDT, Wed June 15, 2011

Facebook iPhone app to merge Instagram, Path, With

A discovery Wednesday has shown that Facebook is developing a second iPhone app that would make it a prime contender to Instagram and other social photo apps. Nicknamed either Hovertown or WithPeople, the app would show both individual photos and events while exploiting the nearly 700 million-strong social network. Photos seen in the TechCrunch sighting would get the same likes as regular Facebook content but would show photos tagged with a friend's face.

Parallels have been drawn not just with Instagram but with Path, which focuses more heavily on social connections, as well as Color's controversial proximity-based photo sharing and With's focus on tagging and otherwise including friends in social check-ins.

The app is currently discrete, although Facebook has supposedly brought up the idea of folding it into the main iOS code base. It's not apparent whether Android or other platforms would get an equivalent.

As the information obtained so far is part of a much larger design document, more details are expected in the near future.



By Electronista Staff
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  1. joecab

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Apr 2004

    +2

    raise your hand ...

    ... if you trust Facebook with your photos, no matter how well the app is designed

    *crickets*

  1. Grendelmon

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Dec 2007

    +2

    Instead of YAIA*,

    ...how about making an iPad Facebook app?



    *Yet another iphone app

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