Dropbox has unveiled Carousel, a product to store and manage your photos and videos. It includes features from Snapjoy, a photo startup that Dropbox acquired in December 2012. The launch of Carousel is a way for Dropbox to diversify its offerings—and potential revenue streams—as it prepares for an expected IPO.
The app is available today.
Dropbox calls Carousel “one place for all your memories.” All photos stored in the app are backed up to Dropbox.
The app is designed for easy sharing to your contacts. “I can send hundreds of these in like, a second,” said Gentry Underwood, co-founder of the Dropbox email sevice Mailbox, as he demonstrated the app. While you swipe through photos, you can drag them into a top bar and send them to your contacts with a couple of taps.
Facebook, Google, and Twitter have all invested heavily in photo products as a method of spurring growth. Now Dropbox, which has historically been “just” a backup service, is taking steps to expand its photo products.