This article needs to be updated.(September 2016)
|Initial release||April 9, 2014|
|Operating system||Android, iOS, web|
|Type||Photo storage and sharing|
Dropbox Carousel was a photo and video management app offered by Dropbox. The third-party native app, available on Android and iOS, allows users to store, manage, and organize photos. Photos are organized by date, time and event and backed up on Dropbox. It competes in this space against other online photo storage services such as Google's Google Photos, Apple's iCloud, and Yahoo's Flickr. Chris Lee, Dropbox's head of product development for Carousel describes the app is an add-on to Dropbox, a “dedicated experience for photos and videos” and a space for “reliving personal memories”.
Mailbox founder, Gentry Underwood unveiled Carousel at a gathering in San Francisco on April 9, 2014. Much of the features in Carousel come from Snapjoy, a photo start-up, that Dropbox acquired on December 19, 2012. When Carousel was launched, it marked amongst many others, a series of acquisitions made by Dropbox to prep up before opening its stock for public offering. The acquisitions would help demonstrate its expansive product offerings pitching potential profitability to investors.
In December 2015, Dropbox announced that Carousel would be shut down and some Carousel features would be integrated into the primary Dropbox application. On March 31, 2016, Carousel was deactivated.
Carousel prompts users to free local storage once it has synced and backed-up local photos to the cloud. Flashback is a feature (enabled by default) that pops up past photos or videos taken the same day a year or some years back. Flashback uses an algorithm designed to identify human faces - resulting in greater likelihood of the owner’s picture or people in owner's close circle showing up. A scrollable timeline, which was earlier a scroll wheel, at the bottom lets the user drag to photo(s) to a specific date with a finger swipe.
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