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

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?



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10 Comments

1. pwnarena

Posts: 1129; Member since: Feb 15, 2013

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

5. hassoups

Posts: 473; Member since: Jun 06, 2013

Actually it works perfectly. Dropbox is awesome.

6. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

probably it keeps a cache into the phone

2. draconic1991

Posts: 200; Member since: Apr 27, 2012

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

3. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Yawn. Yet another dumb app from Dropbox.

4. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 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..

8. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 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.

9. IliyaBeshkov

Posts: 261; Member since: Jul 09, 2012

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

7. nexusdude

Posts: 151; Member since: Aug 22, 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.

10. Cesar

Posts: 140; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

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

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