Facebook is testing photo syncing on Android

Facebook is testing photo syncing on Android
Auto-uploading of photos is something that has been a feature that hasn't been used nearly enough on Android since Google+ first offered the functionality. Really, only Dropbox has offered the option, which is something that should be a standard in photo apps like Flickr. Now, word has it that Facebook is testing the feature for its Android app. 

Facebook has been in the news a fair bit recently because the company finally realized that its Android app kind of sucks, and there are a ton of Android users in the world who would probably like having a quality Facebook app for their device. So, Facebook has been dogfooding Android, and has promised a native app for the platform. 

The Photo Sync feature is being tested right now by some users with the newest version of the app, and may see wide release soon. The feature works the same as the Google+ app where every photo is automatically uploaded and stored in a private album for easy sharing or sorting from there. The syncing has a couple of extra options though. Whereas on Google+, photos are uploaded simply based on your connection settings, and are downgraded to 3MP, on Facebook syncing will take into account your battery level before syncing. And, photos that sync over mobile data are cut to about 100k to save your data plan, but there's no word on if WiFi syncing will be full quality or not. 

To check if you're one of the lucky few with access to the feature, go to your Timeline on Facebook for Android, then tap Photos, and if there is a Sync button, that will let you test out the new option. 

source: The Verge

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14 Comments

1. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Yeah no thanks

3. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 2010

agreed, this is a terrible idea. so, who would then have rights over my personal images? what if my personal birthday images were to start a global uproar like certain fifteen minute clips? would my personal pictures be banned in certain parts of the world? because if i go there to visit and want to show off my birthday pictures on facebook and they are gone!!!! noooooo!!!!!!!!!!!

5. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

The same terms would apply as normal photo uploads to FB. And if you read the article, nothing is automatically posted, just automatically uploaded to a private album.

10. mas11

Posts: 1034; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

Yep, I use Google+'s automatic upload service to back-up my pics and it works pretty well, I'm just trying to avoid Facebook, but everybody uses it so...

11. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I don't care about what a lot of people use. I like G+ because I can easily get my photos out if I want. I just don't like that photos are automatically downgraded, no matter what. If Facebook uploads full res images over WiFi, that would be really nice.

2. Jphones

Posts: 256; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

way to late google+ is better anyway. once the masses wise up google+ will be used more and its just better social networking. Facebook has turned into myspace

4. skymitch89

Posts: 1452; Member since: Nov 05, 2010

And it's something that I would opt out of if possible. There are some pics that I take that I just don't wish to share with the world.

6. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Again: auto uploaded to a PRIVATE album. Nothing is posted unless you share it

7. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

yea i guess some people have a hard time comprehending things as this could be very convenient........good article michael :)

13. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

i understand that but i still don't want anybody else's servers automatically handling every single picture that's taken by my camera.

14. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Luckily, services like this are always opt-in so far, so you don't have to worry about that.

8. cybervlad81

Posts: 89; Member since: Apr 04, 2011

I enjoy the option on G+ to do this but no need to do it on facebook too... though I could see someone that uses facebook more enjoying this function. I like Google's because it does not change the quality of the image and I can view them inside G+ or with Picasso. Then, easily make the ones I want to share public with out having to wait for it to upload being it did all that already without me having to even think about it. Also, with the Google upload if I change phones all those pictures sync back up with my gallery as soon I activate it.

9. XPERIA-KNIGHT unregistered

"though I could see someone that uses facebook more enjoying this function" thats what its really all about man because, as the article says, their are alot of people who have been asking for a better facebook app.......so this really pertains to that specific crowd not so much others that use other social sites such as google plus, twitter or tumblr......the way i look at it, its another win for android and another step forward for better development with apps such as these but also motivation for other OS's and carriers to wanna improve in this area (apps) as well..... :)

12. KingKurogiii

Posts: 5713; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

yeah, i'll opt out of that just like i did on G+ and Dropbox...

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