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The app is available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices.
The app is available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices.

Share photos easily with Shoot app

Exchanging and sharing photos between different platforms is a painfully cumbersome process. BitTorrent's app Shoot could change that

You have an iPhone, while one friend uses an Android phone and another one swears by a Windows Phone device. You have just had a rather fun evening, a lot of photos and selfies were clicked on each phone. But how do you share each photo with your friends. Gone are the days of good old Nokia Symbian operating system based smartphones, where a simple Bluetooth transfer would do the job. Now, iPhones don’t support Bluetooth image transfer, and cross platform sharing is extremely limited. So, what do you do?

BitTorrent, the company behind a very popular peer-to-peer file sharing desktop client of the same name, launched an app called Shoot—available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices this week. This makes sharing photos between different phones running the same or different operating systems much simpler. It will enable an iPhone to send photos to an Android phone or to a Windows phone, and vice-versa.

The app is free to download, and includes three free image batch transfers. If you are hooked to the idea by then, fork out a one-time payment of $1.99 to continue using it without any restrictions.

The only condition is that all devices that will share images need to have this app installed. Once that is done, it is a simple enough process to either send or receive photos.

The app does not save these images on BitTorrent’s cloud storage, and this is known as a peer-to-peer transfer—it’ll use WiFi or 3G, whatever is available at the time to share. The fact that the images you are sharing aren’t saved anywhere else enhances privacy as well, which is a cause of concern for many users nowadays.

Apple’s AirDrop feature on iPhones, iPads and Macs also works the same way, but it is restricted only to Apple devices.

This is much smoother than uploading the images to a cloud storage account, and then sharing a link to that folder with friends, who then have to download the images from there. Shoot can share large files—videos and photo—and the app is clearly designed to compete with services such as Dropbox and Google Drive, and perhaps even the likes of Yahoo’s Flickr and Google’s new Photos, if you aren’t bothered about storing photos, but just sharing them quickly.

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