Did you notice Facebook has replaced Photo Sync with Moments standalone app?

There is now the undeniable need for users of Facebook’s Photo Sync to free up some space on their phones as Facebook practically migrates from an in-app feature to a standalone app.

Facebook moving from the Photo Sync

Facebook moving from the Photo Sync

Some time ago, Facebook had made announcement that support for Photo Sync will be no longer be continued, with users having to embark on the download of a separate app making use of a pop-up notification in their News Feed. The app as you know has the name of Moments — somewhat prickly to the ears at first.

Photo Sync opened the doors to users to automatically upload photos to a private album which they could eventually share, edit or delete. Moments boasts a functionality with such similarity allowing users share albums and photos privately with chosen friends.

Launched way back in June, Moments makes use of facial recognition technology to maintain the organization of photos and shared with the appropriate people.

“When you go to a wedding, for example, there are many people taking great photos throughout the day,” said Will Ruben, Product Manager.

“You all want a quick way to share your photos with the friends who are in them, and get photos that you’re in back. The same is true for smaller events too, like a kayak trip or a night out. Syncing photos with the Moments app is a private way to give photos to friends and get the photos you didn’t take.”

Consequently we will all access the success of this move to standalone app. Facebook’s Messenger app has kept its place at the top of the App Store since it too was hived off from the main Facebook app, but other similar moves have not really reproduced the targeted results. Slingshot, Facebook’s Snapchat rival, was dropped after low adoption. Other apps including Riff, which gave users the opportunity to create ‘viral videos’, and Rooms, a forum app that gave users the chance to adopt pseudonyms, also suffered an equal eventuality. Creative Labs, Facebook’s internal group for app development, shut down this year.

If Google Photos is worthy to consider, however, Moments may well taste due success — Google’s standalone photo-syncing app is a top 20 app in the App Store and a top 10 app on Android.

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