updated 07:50 pm EDT, Thu June 30, 2011
Pool Party may be official Android photo app
Google's team from the Slide acquisition has been quietly developing an app that would be an official Android rival to normally iOS-only apps like Instagram. Currently in an invite-only beta, Pool Party (Android Market) will show friends' latest photos in a timeline like other photo sharing apps, making it a direct competitor to existing Android apps like Picplz. The Google-made variant would stand out mostly by grouping photos into events where others could contribute their shots.
No indication exists of when Pool Party will leave beta.
The app's existence could create a minor conflict for Google. Its new social effort Google+ already has a photo sharing component through Instant Upload. Former Slide employees also reportedly have free rein under Google to make the apps they like and have already released the messaging app Disco 2 despite Huddle's existence in Google+.
Apps like Pool Party may serve as an incubator for Google. By giving the Slide group room to create its own apps, Google may get ideas it can fold into official apps. It could be called on in the future to create apps in response to runaway apps on iOS like Instagram and reduce the factors that might keep users loyal to Apple. [via TechCrunch]