Last Thursday began to appear on Instagram, we do not know if by mistake or because of a Marketing issue, an ad that invited you to download Bolt, a new application created by Instagram. If you clicked on the ad, it would send you to the corresponding Marquet, but the download link was not liveable. This began to fill the web with rumors about the release of a new application by Facebook and Instagram. Remember that Facebook is the owner of the well-known photo social network, and it seems that Mark Zuckerberg’s company is expanding its variety of applications to better use all its power. Yesterday we talked about the obligation to have Messenger installed to chat from your mobile through Facebook.
Well, Bolt seems to be the new step ahead of Facebook to gain a foothold in the massive emission of images. Today the market has been entered into and the pimping of an application that allows, with a single touch of the screen, to send photos and videos to our contacts. Striking? For minimum.
The truth is that this shot is not well understood, since we remember that Facebook recently launched Slingshot, which we analyze in Actualapp, and that it has a similar function.
How does Bolt work?
After installing it, the application will ask us for permission to access our contacts. This is gossip because to use Bolt it will not be mandatory to have a Facebook or Instagram account, but phone numbers will be used, as in WhatsApp.
Then we will be invited to use the camera integrated in the application to take our photos. We can configure some numbers as favorites, whose faces will appear at the bottom of the photo, and just by touching them the photo will be sent. This is the great novelty that Bolt presents, honestly for me totally unnecessary, since We found quite a few apps that allow us to do the same. That yes, select what you want that will end up dominating this sector, since counting on the commentator of Facebook and Instragram it is easy to ascend as a leader.
To highlight another feature of the application, the possibility of revoking the emission of a photograph during the seconds after it has been taken has been added. To do this we will have to move the mobile towards the top and towards the bottom with energy. It’s similar to the undo option in Gmail.
On the other hand, Bolt has already been born with controversy. A San Francisco company even has a Summons Bolt app that allows you to make calls over the Internet. There seems to be no lawful impediment to Facebook using Bolt’s name, but the Californian company sent an open letter asking for the name to be changed. It seems that Instagram and Facebook have ignored this request.
At the moment, the app is only liveable in three countries: New Zealand, South Africa, and Singapore. That’s because they want to finish testing its operation, before the universal print run, which seems to be soon. The application will be habitable for both Android and iOS. What do you think of Bolt? Do you think it can improve other options like Mirage or Snapchat?