Nokia Image Exchange, an experimental imaging service for the connected worldWed, 2008-12-17 07:08
Christmas is a time for giving, so is there a better occasion to offer our Beta Labs users a new service to try out? This time we have a special treat for you early adopters and we are excited to hear how you like it. We are glad to introduce you a new experimental Beta Labs application, Nokia Image Exchange.
Nokia Image Exchange is an experimental imaging service to make browsing and sharing images fun and easy. It aims to provide a seamless integration of a mobile image gallery and a corresponding web-service. Image Exchange explores user experience when the mobile phone is enabled with an always-on data connection and utilizes existing contact information as a basis for social networking.
Davin Wong gives a short introduction to Image Exchange on this YouTube video presentation.The major driving force we had in developing Image Exchange was convenience. We wanted to get rid of unnecessary hassles with account creations, transferring images and image sharing. Image Exchange uses its own accounts and creates these accounts for you automatically. Your phone's images get backed up to the service in the background so you don't need to manually upload them. In many cases they are ready for you to view them via desktop web browsers.
Sharing features detect other Image Exchange users from your address book automatically and allow you to share images to them without ever knowing their usernames. But we also wanted to make it easy to see what your friends are sharing to you. When your friends publish or share new images, they are automatically and almost instantly pushed onto your device. Likewise, Image Exchange keeps track on comments posted to your images as well as those you have commented.
Image Exchange allows sharing and publishing from a single interface.
Our web interface is not just for viewing images with your web browser. You can use it to put titles and descriptions onto your images as well as to comment other people's photos. The changes you make are reflected to your mobile device. It is also possible to send links to your public images so that others can see them even if they were not Image Exchange users.
Image Exchange makes it easy to access your images via web browsers.
In case you do not wish to utilize online connectivity, the Image Exchange mobile client works as a standalone gallery application. After creating screen-optimized thumbnails, it works as a very nice and fast image gallery.
In online mode Nokia Image Exchange transfers your images to the web-service immediately as they are captured. This can cause a significant amount of data traffic between the mobile phone and the service. Having a flat-fee cellular data plan or using Wi-Fi connection is highly recommended!
We hope that you will have fun moments using Nokia Image Exchange and give us a lot of feedback about what you think of it.
On behalf of Nokia Image Exchange team,
- Janne Kaasalainen