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article imageFacebook's new Moments app highlights photos of friends

By James Walker     Jun 16, 2015 in Technology
Facebook has released a new photo management app that uses facial recognition to detect forgotten pictures of your friends in your camera roll. It then suggests tags, syncs the friends and tags to the photo's subject and shares the images with friends.
Facebook Moments has now launched on both Android and iOS. The Verge noticed the app yesterday and it looks as though it could help in the issue of how to store and organise photos after they get into your camera roll.
Moments has come from Facebook's Creative Labs. It scans your photos to find pictures that include people in your Facebook friends list and then lets you "sync" them into the subject of the photo, building searchable, browsable albums with your friends linked in.
The photos are grouped together based on location, time and the people in them in a way that is reminiscent of Apple's Photo Streams, Google's new Photos app in Android M or even Lumia Storyteller on Windows Phone.
Facebook Moments
Facebook Moments
© Facebook Moments
If you often share photos with your friends, you'll be pleased to learn that the app also simplifies this. When the app finds friends in photos, they will be alerted if they use the Moments app too. The photos will be added to their own synced collection so that you can both see them.
Moments' success is likely to come from how it uses Facebook directly, making it easy to share your images with your friends in a simple, unified experience without having to leave the app. With Moments you will be able to view your own photos and photos shared with you from your Facebook friends in one place.
Moments is available now on both Android and iOS as its own standalone app. Facebook is promoting it in Messenger when a friend sends you a photo. As Messenger passed 1 billion downloads on the Google Play Store last week, Facebook has a very large potential audience to tap into with its new social photo sharing offering.
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