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Dropbox wants to replace your photo gallery with lag-free, auto-backup enabled Carousel

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Dropbox doesn't like how your phone's old gallery looks, so it's offering a free replacement. Available on Android and iOS, Carousel promises no photo lag, improved sharing and rating features, automatic photo backup, and more.


Thanks to Dropbox's code wizardry (clever caching or something else), Carousel breezes through your entire photo collection without waiting for thumbnails to load. It also lets you share, like, and comment photos in your personal gallery, in addition to automatically organizing them by time, date, location, and other properties.


Since we can't have a Dropbox app without cloud storage functionality, Carousel will automatically back up your photos to your Dropbox account. You can run it alongside iCloud or other backup services, of course.


Although Carousel is, (not very) deep down, another way for Dropbox to get you to buy more gigabytes of their cloud storage, it seems to be a quality app. For example, it has a smile detection algorithm built into it, which scans photos containing faces for the best smile, and chooses the best thumbnail for each collection. Unfortunately, not everything about it is as seamless. Not unlike other non-ubiquitous communication apps, if you try to share a photo with a contact that doesn't have Carousel installed, all said contact will be able to see is a small thumbnail bundled with a link to download the app.


Carousel is available from the links below. You might find it interesting that the app looks almost the same on both Android and iOS. Can you guess which screenshot's which?


Download: Android | iOS

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posted on 24 Apr 2014, 03:39

1. pwnarena (Posts: 904; Member since: 15 Feb 2013)


it's almost impossible for cloud and lag-free to happen at the same time

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 05:47 2

5. hassoups (Posts: 343; Member since: 06 Jun 2013)


Actually it works perfectly. Dropbox is awesome.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 08:02 1

6. marbovo (Posts: 652; Member since: 16 May 2013)


probably it keeps a cache into the phone

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 03:51

2. draconic1991 (Posts: 134; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)


U guys shud have removed the top notification bar if u wanted to make it hard to guess...

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 04:01 1

3. 0xFFFF (Posts: 3073; Member since: 16 Apr 2014)


Yawn. Yet another dumb app from Dropbox.

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 05:20

4. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 242; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


1. Same UI for Android and iOS which is not "Ok".. I like iOS 7 UI, but I run Android and I want a Holo design, not a copy-paste app from the App Store to the Play Store!(and these is not only for Dropbox, but for other lazy developers, too!!)
2. I don't use Dropbox, but rather Google Drive and G+ Photos have auto-backup from a long time..

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 21:12

8. elitewolverine (Posts: 1605; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Auto backup is why I have used OneDrive since windows phone 7. Google drive is nice though, used it on the note 3, but from what I have found it is not very 'simple' in terms of set it and forget it at the start of the phone.

As of right now, while you want a holo design, simple matter of the fact is that apple makes more cash for devs, as a result expect copy and paste.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 06:43

9. IliyaBeshkov (Posts: 242; Member since: 09 Jul 2012)


Yes, but all WP apps have Modern UI and this what pisses me off..

posted on 24 Apr 2014, 17:00

7. nexusdude (Posts: 149; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


In the reviews I've seen only Samsung's gallery lags. In my experience Google+ is the king of seamless backuping and has zero impact on gallery performance.

posted on 25 Apr 2014, 07:34

10. Cesar (Posts: 132; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)


LAG FREE? that's only for Android xD on my iPhone is totally smoth

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