Say goodbye to Facebook’s mobile photo sync feature, hello to the standalone Moments app
Instead of building another half-baked “Facebook Phone” with underwhelming hardware and an impractical UI, Mark Zuckerberg seems to now want to conquer your mobile screens one app at a time.
The actual social network will soon load up faster for smartphone users in the most underprivileged markets as far as data speeds are concerned, also letting you do more stuff offline. But it’s external, interdependent services like Notify, Messenger, M, and Moments that should truly get you hooked on everything Facebook, covering all your complex news consumption, communication, and photo sharing needs.
The Moments app isn’t exactly new, having debuted in June, ahead of an identically named Twitter feature that however does a whole different thing. The novel aspect is the forced replacement of the old Facebook mobile photo syncing function with Moments starting January 10.
That’s right, FB will allow you to migrate your previously backed up pics to the “improved” image organizer and private sharer, also enabling neat grouping options by location, date or names of friends photographed alongside you.
By far the strongest suit of the standalone Moments service is its facial recognition technology, capable of automatically creating albums with related photos. Unfortunately, that can’t be used worldwide just yet due to certain privacy invasion concerns, so it remains to be seen if the social juggernaut will simply regionally restrict this particular feature, or continue to limit the app’s reach altogether, keeping Photo Sync around where needed.