Cool tile-based design; Automatically combines photos and videos around events; Clutter-free way of organizing content; Easy to share Flayvrs via email and social networks
Buggy performance; Can't yet remove more than one photo/video per Flayvr; Doesn't always include all photos captured for given time frame
Flayvr is a slick app that automatically combines photos and videos into collections that are easy to share, but it has some kinks.
For those who take lots of photos and videos with their iPhones, the constant scrolling and jumble of all the photos and videos in your Camera Roll can get overwhelming. Flayvr, a new app for iOS devices (coming soon for Android) aims to eliminate that mess, automatically arranging photos and videos in chronological collections. We tested this slick mobile app to see if it's good enough to replace your smartphone's standard gallery.
Flayvr instantly sorted our photos and videos by the date they were captured. For most of our Flayvrs, the app listed the exact date, but for those Flayvrs taken within the last week, it listed them by day -- for example, Last Friday. Note that Flayvrs will be created only if four or more media items are taken around the same time, and there must be photos in every Flayvr collection. For example, if you take one photo Saturday morning and 20 photos and videos Saturday evening, a Flayvr collection will be created for the evening, but not for the one morning photo.
We understand the reason behind this. Say you went to two different events in one day: You would probably want different Flayvr collections for each event. Still, if we take, say, two photos and one video at a particular event, we wish we could have a Flayvr for those media items. The developers of Flayvr say they're working on lowering the media item minimum.
Interface and Customization
Tapping on a collection launches it, but only after a 2- to 3-second delay. Videos automatically start playing, and you can flip through photos by tapping on one and then swiping. You also can pinch to zoom on photos.
A part of us likes that videos auto-play when you open a Flayvr, but we also wish that you could toggle this setting. If you happen to be listening to music when you open a collection, your tunes will get cut off.
Flayvr says you can currently remove only one photo or video per Flayvr, but that an update coming in the next few weeks will allow users to remove as many media items from a particular collection as they like. Unfortunately, the app seemed downright buggy when we tried to remove or re-add photos or videos to a collection.
For instance, sometimes we weren't permitted to delete any photos or videos from a collection, even when it had up to 10 photos. And when another person tried to remove items, at one point he could delete up to three photos, but the next second he could delete only one. Furthermore, Flayvr let him re-add those photos he had deleted, but when he tapped Done and went to view the Flayvr, those re-added photos did not show up.
We tested the social sharing component by tapping on Facebook. We then had to consent to use Flayvr with Facebook. After logging in, we were given the opportunity to tag our friends, which was easily done by scrolling to find their names/profile pictures or simply typing their names in the search bar.
After tagging all of our friends who appeared in our photos and videos, we tapped Share. We then navigated to our Facebook wall via our desktop and saw a post on our wall stating that we had "experienced a flayvr moment on flayvr." The Facebook friends we had identified in the Flayvr were correctly tagged, and they could Like or comment on the post.
There's a play button in the lower left corner of the Flayvr, and pressing it opens a new window that automatically launches the collection, with photos fading in and out so friends can see every photo or video in the collection. Videos automatically start playing, and by tapping on that particular video you can view a larger version of the clip and pause it.
We tested out sharing via Twitter, and after allowing the app to connect with the social network, it crafted a tweet for us stating, "I've just magically created a @flayvr moment from my photos and videos." We tapped Send, then checked out our Twitter profile to see the results. The link directed us to the same webpage as our Facebook post and email did, with the same functionality.
Flayvr vs. Instagram
Note that Flayvrs cannot be shared via Instagram. Since a Flayvr collection is its own piece of multimedia and not simply a photo, it's impossible to drag a collection into Instagram to apply filters and share with friends.
However, there are some kinks the company needs to work out, such as the inability to delete more than one photo/video per collection and to create Flayvrs with fewer than four media items. We also wish Android users could join in on the fun, though a version is promised soon. Overall, if you're looking for a cool new way to enjoy and share your photos and videos, Flayvr is worth a download.
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