This weeks’ Android App of the Week, Gifboom, is one of a burgeoning family of camera-focused programs that have suddenly come into prominence upon the sale of Instagram to Facebook. It has a simple camera interface, photographs a series of images through your smartphone or tablet’s main camera, and combines them as frames into a single GIF, an animated image made to be presented exclusively on the web. GIF images were amongst the first forms of high (or low, however you want to view it) art on the internet, well before Flash and the onset of Web 2.0 and beyond. Has it reached a new level of greatness here as an undeniably simple-to-create beast via mobile app?
The answer to that question is yes, of course it has. Our app of the week works for Android and that is indeed where we’re reviewing it from, but it also works just as well for your iPad or iPhone. You’ll find that using it is just as easy as any of the Instagram-like photo apps you’ve experienced over the past few weeks or months, and it makes a lovely piece of media each time you use it! Have a peek at how the application works here in our hands-on video:
Then take a peek at a few examples of what we’ve captured with Gifboom thus far. You can go crazy with the possibilities inside this application, and the whole thing is a totally free experience, too! You’ll snap up a GIF, upload it and share it with Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr, and all of it will be gratefully hosted by Gifboom’s own servers if you like.
This application can be found on the Google Play app store for free as well as via iTunes for iPad and iPhone for free – you simply must grab hold of it as soon as possible, and don’t forget to connect with us at @SlashGear and @t_chrisburns on Twitter to see all of our Gifboom adventures as we bring it along to this summer’s big events. Google I/O gifs, anyone?
Chris Burns is currently head editor for SlashGear and executive editor for Android Community. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, he's responsible for editorial decisions made for the USA-based day-team of SG and AC and he uses an iPad 3 as a VCR. Follow him @ t_chrisburns and inside Google+ at http://chrisburns.co/+ for tech, gadget, and design news galore.