updated 01:15 pm EDT, Wed June 15, 2011
Facebook iPhone app to merge Instagram, Path, With
A discovery Wednesday has shown that Facebook is developing a second iPhone app that would make it a prime contender to Instagram and other social photo apps. Nicknamed either Hovertown or WithPeople, the app would show both individual photos and events while exploiting the nearly 700 million-strong social network. Photos seen in the TechCrunch sighting would get the same likes as regular Facebook content but would show photos tagged with a friend's face.
Parallels have been drawn not just with Instagram but with Path, which focuses more heavily on social connections, as well as Color's controversial proximity-based photo sharing and With's focus on tagging and otherwise including friends in social check-ins.
The app is currently discrete, although Facebook has supposedly brought up the idea of folding it into the main iOS code base. It's not apparent whether Android or other platforms would get an equivalent.
As the information obtained so far is part of a much larger design document, more details are expected in the near future.