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Lightbox discontinued

June 15th, 2012 Alina Guzman Tech No comments

Sadly, Lightbox was discontinued today. Last month, Facebook announced that it was buying out the social Android-only photo sharing application. Existing users like myself were given the option to download all our photos before the site shut down. Thankfully Instagram opened up to the Android population but its still sad to see this app go. Hopefully now the Lightbox team can bring some much needed help to Facebook’s mobile apps; they are ridiculously laggy!

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Android never disappoints

December 20th, 2011 Alina Guzman Photography, Tech 1 Comment

For years now I have been inwardly debating the age old question….Android or Iphone? Well, I’ve had Android from the start. 5 phones later and I’m still here. I have always been a supporter; even my tablet now is an Android! But I keep hearing from the peanut gallery that Iphone is better. Is it really? In terms of tablets, Android wins hands down. My father recently got an Ipad and we have been shamelessly comparing. Theres no file manager, ’nuff said! But in terms of phones? Android wins over customization obviously. But Iphone is really user friendly and is weirdly hip for some reason. Apps like probably do it.

My bestie Hikalu has a sick instagram photo collection. I’ve been salivating over it for months and FINALLY have downloaded an Android app that allows me to register with instagram and follow her account. I can’t post any photos but this is a big step in the right direction! Oh yes, in case you all were wondering instagram is an Iphone only application. Developing one for android is apparently in the talks but nothing is happening yet.

Just as I was beginning to doubt Android (well..not really), one of my friends mentions a relatively new app to me; Lightbox. He’s an avid Android supporter, just like I am, so he knew I would appreciate. Lightbox is a social photo sharing app that just debuted an automatic Tumblr-like journal. All you have to do is snap or import a photo, filter it if you’d like, and Lightbox takes care of the rest. It automatically creates a Tumblr-like timeline account for you; here’s mine!; that lets anyone see your photos (if you’ve made them public of course). One of Instagrams major downfalls, in my opinion, is the lock down it holds over people’s accounts. A non Iphone user cannot view a person’s account; on phone or off. Only third party applications make that possible, like the one I just downloaded- Instaroid.

Lightbox is the first Android competitor to the instagram app I’ve taken seriously and I’m sensing it’ll only get more popular with time. There you have it. Just when I was starting to think maybe Android does fall short on some things, I get pleasantly surprised. How can I doubt the software when these genius developers keep coming up with more goodies?

- – - From my Lightbox

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