Last summer, screenshots of a new Facebook iPhone app leaked onto the Internet.
TechCrunch, which first published the photos, wrote that the photos “outlined what appears to be a new Facebook iPhone app built around photo sharing.”
So…whatever happened to that app?
Is it coming or not?
According to a source familiar with that project, the answer is no, the app we saw in those photos this last summer is not coming.
It turns out those photos were not images of a complete and ready-to-ship app. In fact, little development work at all had been done for the app in the photos. It’s most likely that the photos were renderings of what a new Facebook photos app for the iPhone could look like.
Facebook is still working to improve the photo-taking and photo-sharing experience for its 400 million or so mobile users, but there is a different team working on that problem now then there was over the summer. In the fall, Facebook’s product manager for photos, Sam Odio, left the company. Now a guy named Dirk Stoop is in charge of the product. Our source says Stoop will produce a different solution than the one Odio was working on.
We’ve learned a little bit about that solution and will have a story on it coming up soon.
In the meantime, those leaked screenshots from this past summer are now quite the historical artifact.