Here's What Happened To Facebook's Secret Photo Sharing App For iPhone

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Photo: Illustration: Ellis Hamburger, Photo: via TechCrunch

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.

Take a picture, then tag a friend and add a caption.

The app could show your friends' profile pictures over the pictures they've uploaded.

You can take multiple pictures, then share them all together.

You can remove a picture from the group you're uploading, and you can also tag on the fly.

The app employs a new vertical orientation for simultaneous picture and comment viewing

It expands to show comments

Take a photo, then take another to begin a photo set

It's really easy to share a set of photos you've taken

Tag the place where you took a set of photos

Here's a look at the tagging and location-sharing implementation

Here's an image of searching for a location or event to tag your picture with

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