A fun app, but could have been made better
The latest addition in Moments restores all faded old snaps in users’ phone, and makes a photo montage with music of six or more pictures. A person can share these auto-created short music videos privately with their friends or post directly on Facebook.
As per the Verge, it represents “another reflection of Facebook’s increased focus on video.”
Moments’ video montages are similar to the digital flipbooks developed by Flipagram, which allow users to create short stories with music videos, but needs Instagram or Facebook to share the creation with friends. According to TechCrunch, Moments will use “about a dozen different background music options.”
The videos created via Moments can be edited by changing the pics you want to add or delete, or changing the background music. Users won’t be able to make other edits like attaching filter or editing the photos from within the app. The Facebook app also lacks more sharing options as it does not have any option to share with non-Facebook users like Twitter or via other mediums such as email.
A smart move by Facebook
According to Facebook, Moments also received some other small updates such as allowing users to prepare their own Moments from the start and showing the progress of your photo uploads. The app can now be used in 34 different languages.
These automated apps are not only a fun diversion for customers, but also practical tools for enhancing photography among smartphone users and allowing creativity. Facebook will benefit from this move as videos have become hugely popular with over four billion video views every day. Also, by making sharing easier, more videos can be expected from users, thus leading to more ads and in turn more revenues for Facebook
Data from App Annie’s shows the app is performing decently on the iTunes App Store in the very competitive Photo & Video category, where it is ranked # 107. Moments is doing much better on Google Play, where it is presently at No. 19 in the Photography category. The new version of Moments is already available for download at both the iTunes App Store and Google Play.