Feeds
85%
Lightbox Photos

Lightbox Photos

Snap your status

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Android App of the Week Socialising your mobile photography is all the rage these days, a picture presumably being worth at least 140 alphanumeric characters, and this is where Lightbox shines, as a simple way to share your pictures with your social network.

Lightbox PhotosLightbox Photos

Camera by Lightbox (left) beefs up the Android camera app, while Lightbox Photos (right) handles gallery duties

Install Lightbox and two icons appear on your phone, Camera by Lightbox and Lightbox Photos. The first does the duty of your phone’s camera app but with added connectivity options. The second lets you see the images hosted on your free Lightbox account.

The camera app comes with ten filters but it’s the Instafix one that’s really useful. Tap it and the app rebalances the colour to the great benefit of most casual snaps.

If you want to get more arty there are filers for black & white, sepia and even a fish-eye effect. Pictures can also be tagged with locations from Fouresquare.

Lightbox PhotosLightbox Photos

Log into your social networks (left) then tag and upload your snaps (right)

Pictures can be shared directly through your Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Tumblr accounts. A simple tap of the relevant icons lets you change which accounts you are posting an image too. Snaps also appear on your Lightbox wall.

Tap a Facebook image and you can like or comment, tap a Twitter pic and you can retweet it, tap a news image and the associated headline appears below. All this can be done off-line too, the app simply syncing itself when you get back on the network.

Lightbox Photos

Get snaps from the news

But Lightbox is a two-way street: it also syncs all the pictures posted on your social networks by your friends, followers, flunkies and stalkers.

There’s even a pictures-in-the-news feed that pulls images from the likes of the New York Times, Guardian and Boston Globe and a popular images feed from Flickr.

Lightbox Photos

Works well on tablets too

RH Recommended Medal

While the UI is sparse and simple, it’s also very fast and fluid. Lightbox has also been coded with Honeycomb in mind and works a treat on the latest generation of Android tablets.

Some folk may ask does the world need another photo hosting site but Lightbox deserves it’s place in the sun for its simplicity of use and elegance of implementation. ®

Size 3.6MB
App2SD Yes

Lightbox Photos

We make our of the best Android smartphone and tablet downloads every Tuesday. It you think there's an app we should be considering, please let us know.

More Android App of the Week Winners

Formula 1 Dolphin
Browser HD
NHS Direct Folder
Organizer
SendSpace

The essential guide to IT transformation

85%
Lightbox Photos

Lightbox Photos

Social snapping made easy.
Price: Free RRP

More from The Register

next story
So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL
It can throw the low cost race if it looks to the cloud
End of buttons? Apple looks to patent animating iPhone sidewalls
Filing suggests handset with display strips
Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch
Full specs for wrist-mounted device here ... but who'll buy it?
Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery
Have you tried turning it off and...? Never mind, here's a replacement
Now that's FIRE WIRE: HP recalls 6 MILLION burn-risk laptop cables
Right in the middle of Burning Mains Man week
Apple's iWatch? They cannae do it ... they don't have the POWER
Analyst predicts fanbois will have to wait until next year
Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?
Tip: Put the shades on and you'll look less of a spanner
HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE
Noo! Hand not big enough! Don't look at meee!
AMD unveils 'single purpose' graphics card for PC gamers and NO ONE else
Chip maker claims the Radeon R9 285 is 'best in its class'
prev story

Whitepapers

Top 10 endpoint backup mistakes
Avoid the ten endpoint backup mistakes to ensure that your critical corporate data is protected and end user productivity is improved.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Backing up distributed data
Eliminating the redundant use of bandwidth and storage capacity and application consolidation in the modern data center.
The essential guide to IT transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIOs automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.