Developer: Bump Technologies, Inc.
Price: Free
Version: 1.0.1
App Reviewed on: iPhone 4S

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★½☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★☆
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Flock – Photos Together is the perfect solution for anyone who frequently takes photos out with their friends. Instead of waiting for the photos to show up on Facebook or bugging your friends to send pictures, download Flock and never miss another photo again.

Flock isn’t a camera app nor does it have photo editing capabilities. What it does is combine all the photos from everyone’s phones into one single album that all your friends can view and share. The catch is that everyone must have a Facebook account, location services turned on, camera geo-tagging and the app itself in order for Flock to do its magic.

I wasn’t able to recruit my friends in time to review this app so I invited my husband to check it out with me. It’s simple to get started. Once each person downloads the app, they must connect it to their Facebook account and turn their location services on. Flock relies on the location information to find photos, but it doesn’t drain your battery quite as much as other apps.

Once connected, the app searches for friends that are using it. If users don’t have any friends with Flock installed, the app can send an SMS or email to encourage them to check it out. After it finds your friends, it then begins searching through photos to find any relevant pictures. I was surprised at how fast Flock was able to upload our photos directly to the shared album.

Flock is off to a great start, but it needs some improvement in order for it to become a five star app. For one, there aren’t enough people using it yet. You’ll have to recruit and convince your friends to download it. Another issue is that it relies not only on Facebook but location services and camera geo-tagging which many people may not be willing to utilize due to privacy concerns. Lastly, there is no way to add past photos to the app unless they were taken with location information enabled previously. This means that any old photos probably won’t show up and you can’t add them to the shared album manually.

With some minor improvements, Flock could be the next best social app to hit the market. What’s particularly ingenious about it is that it works in the background so you’ll never have to remember to use it and it even sends notifications whenever new photos are available. However, it isn’t quite for everyone. Since it is free, I recommend that users at least give it a try and see if it’s worthy of keeping on the home screen.

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