Those of you who obsessively share photos to Pinterest, the rapidly-expanding and all-encompassing social network built for just that purpose, can finally do so from your favorite mobile platform. Pinterest has published the long-promised app to the Play Store for both smartphones and tablets, and unlike some other photo-centric sharing services we could mention, it actually looks pretty good. The interface mimics the bulletin board looks of the desktop web site, taking advantage of extra real estate on tablets to display more columns of popular photos or your stream.
Nearly all of the functions of the web service itself are represented: once you log in, you can share photos directly from your camera (or just links, of course), re-pin items to your own stream, or share to any social network or storage service that supports Android’s APIs. Though it’s only been available for less than an hour, it’s already drawing near universal acclaim from reviews – an impressive feat for version 1.0. While the interface isn’t exactly Holo-standard, it’s surprisingly clean and fast.
Naturally Pinterest’s service is free, and if you don’t already have an account (yes, there are certainly a few of you left out there) you can sign up within the app itself. Those with the inclination can sign up with your Facebook account, and Kindle Fire owners should be able to join the party when Pinterest is posted to the Amazon Appstore later this week. Get to it, folks – those food truck photos aren’t going to microblog themselves.
Pinterest today released new apps for Android and iPad (finally), while also overhauling its iPhone app (finally). The new suite of mobile apps greatly improves the mobile experience of using Pinterest, a site that works like a virtual and collaborative collage board.
The Pinterest iPad app (see a slideshow of images from the app here) includes its very own browser with a built in Pin It bookmarklet button. This means Pinterest users can now surf the Web on their iPads and pin new content to their boards from within Pinterest’s own app. The smartphone version of the app does not have a browser, however, and I would advise anyone who wants to pin images from the Web right from their mobile device to install the free browser Axis from Yahoo!, because it includes a built-in Pin It button.
I poked around the Pinterest iPad app this morning for a bit and found it delivered a much more satisfying experience than the old iPhone app, which is what I had running on my iPad previously. One button users may want to check is Account Settings. Make sure “Log in with Facebook” and “Log in with Twitter” are set the way you want. I have never logged in with either of those social networks, but when I checked in on the iPad app, they were set to “on.” Two taps, and I had turned them both off.
All the categories appear in a list on the left side on the main navigation bar, which collapses neatly when you don’t need it.
The iPhone app, I must admit, didn’t fully satisfy my hopes and dreams for what it could be, but it’s better than it was. And all the apps share a number of the site’s own shortcomings, including the inability to rearrange pins on a board to display in an order of your choosing.
Author: Jill Duffy