Ankita Katdare
Ankita Katdare
Computer Science

Shoto App For Secure, Private Photo Sharing Launched On Android And iOS

Went on a holiday trip with friends and clicked a lot of photos? Once back, everyone starts asking for sharing the bulk of photos via email or a Dropbox link. It's a big hassle. So, here comes to the rescue - a new private photo sharing app called 'Shoto' that as the name suggests lets you share photos with friends privately and securely. It's a free mobile app now available on Android and iOS. How it works is - whenever a user clicks a bunch of photos, it organises them into albums and lets your friends (who are also using the app) discover them. The app makes use of several parameters like the time the photo was clicked, the location and has an algorithm that recognises which friends were with you while taking the pictures.

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Shoto app also tells the user the number of photos he hasn't seen that his friends took and lets him request them with the click of a button. Moreover, the app uses the location where the photo was taken and your contacts to auto-create private photo albums, while also suggesting you to share them with friend via the app.

Since privacy is a major concern, the Shoto app lets you decide with whom the photo gets shared with. You choose who sees your photos and you can unshare at any time. Interestingly, the Shoto app doesn’t upload your photos. Instead, it transfers them from your camera roll into the app, where everything stored is encrypted and protected.

The app can be downloaded in 120+ countries and supports several languages including - Hindi, Spanish, French and Mandarin. Indian-origin entrepreneur Sachin Dev Duggal is behind the creation & launch of this app, which was funded by Real Ventures and Kunal Nayyar, the popular TV series "The Big Bang Theory" actor.

Among the several new features on the app, there's 'real time sharing' to tell you which friends are nearby within a few minutes, so you can start seeing their view straight away, then there's 'comment and heart photos' to let you chat on photo comment threads and an 'events' feature that lets you send you a unique code you can send to your friends. When they install Shoto it will show them the photos they have from your event and ask them to send photos back to you.

What are your thoughts about the new Shoto app in town? Share with us in comments below.

Source: Shoto
Anoop Mathew

Anoop Mathew

Electronics and Communication
The name and the concept have got my attention. However, if not for the 'Big Data' how is this otherwise shown as 'Free' App figuring out to make money in the long run? Interested to know more about their business model. 😏
Ankita Katdare

Ankita Katdare

Computer Science
@Anoop Mathew They won't need a revenue model when they have the backing of their investors. They just burn the investor money and make sure the app has a lot of feature improvements to keep the users hooked. That's how it works.
I am just guessing here though. 😀
Anoop Mathew

Anoop Mathew

Electronics and Communication
Ankita Katdare
@Anoop Mathew They won't need a revenue model when they have the backing of their investors. They just burn the investor money and make sure the app has a lot of feature improvements to keep the users hooked. That's how it works.
I am just guessing here though. 😀
At some point, these investors need Return of Investment [ROI] for their capital. Most Apps try to gain from Big Data (aka User Data).😘

P.S.: If it's truly secure, they should have kept a price for the app just to make the user 'feel' it. 👀
Sachin Duggal

Sachin Duggal

Branch Unspecified
Hi everyone,
I'm Sachin and wanted to thank you for the comments.

We have a number of ideas for monetization which include premium features and a recommendation service however all of this makes sense at scale.

I like the idea of a small charge and I'll bring this up next week in our product meeting maybe a little like what's up and it's $1 charge for the year.

We do not sell user data and we will never compromise our trust with users. Yes we have investor money but we have also co-invested a significant amount of capital to ensure we have control over things like this.

Sachin
SumanGanesh

SumanGanesh

Branch Unspecified
Very poor implementation.. ! Terrible app with lots of bugs. Says launched when its been live for 3 years on the store!! This is funny.. How do product re-launch themselves?
Sachin Duggal

Sachin Duggal

Branch Unspecified
SumanGanesh
Very poor implementation.. ! Terrible app with lots of bugs. Says launched when its been live for 3 years on the store!! This is funny.. How do product re-launch themselves?
Hi Suman,

We've been in beta - if you are finding any bugs pls can you report them via live help and we will make sure we get to it.

Much easier to do that then write us off. We've done a lot of work on this iteration.

Sachin
SumanGanesh

SumanGanesh

Branch Unspecified
Sachin Duggal
Hi everyone,
I'm Sachin and wanted to thank you for the comments.

We have a number of ideas for monetization which include premium features and a recommendation service however all of this makes sense at scale.

I like the idea of a small charge and I'll bring this up next week in our product meeting maybe a little like what's up and it's $1 charge for the year.

We do not sell user data and we will never compromise our trust with users. Yes we have investor money but we have also co-invested a significant amount of capital to ensure we have control over things like this.

Sachin
Three years in beta is funny.. You should probably go back to alpha now.. because the product doesn't work
Anoop Mathew

Anoop Mathew

Electronics and Communication
Sachin Duggal
Hi everyone,
I'm Sachin and wanted to thank you for the comments.

We have a number of ideas for monetization which include premium features and a recommendation service however all of this makes sense at scale.

I like the idea of a small charge and I'll bring this up next week in our product meeting maybe a little like what's up and it's $1 charge for the year.

We do not sell user data and we will never compromise our trust with users. Yes we have investor money but we have also co-invested a significant amount of capital to ensure we have control over things like this.

Sachin
That was a quick response. All the best for all your ventures and i'll let you know more about your product after I play with it a little more. 👍
Sachin Duggal

Sachin Duggal

Branch Unspecified
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SumanGanesh
Three years in beta is funny.. You should probably go back to alpha now.. because the product doesn't work
Thank you for the feedback 😀
Sachin Duggal

Sachin Duggal

Branch Unspecified
Anoop Mathew
That was a quick response. All the best for all your ventures and i'll let you know more about your product after I play with it a little more. 👍
Many thanks Anoop. Let me know if you head into any problems.
Ankita Katdare

Ankita Katdare

Computer Science
Shoto's Co-Founder and Chief Wizard explains what's important to him about the app and why it's unique -


@Sachin Duggal It's great to have you here with us. We wish you the best of luck with your upcoming endeavours with Shoto app.
Radhika Deshpande

Radhika Deshpande

Computer Science
They also come up with its availability on iOS10 and iMessage.The app leverages Apple’s Messages framework to make all of Shoto discovered photos, albums and trips instantly available to share.

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