New photo app, Slide, has launched with ahead-of-the-curve iBeacon technology to beat industry competitors such as Snapchat and Instagram by expanding the way that images can be shared and whom they can be shared with. It is the first app to capitalize on iBeacon BLE technology to share images.
Slide is unlike any other photo sharing app on the market. Where other apps rely on an invitation-and-accept mechanism, Slide uses Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to share images with other app users in the immediate area. Photos can be shared with anyone using Slide within a distance of up to 200 feet without needing to ‘friend’ or ‘follow’ other users.
“Slide’s first-to-market use of iBeacon for social discovery enables people who might have just met to be able to interact with each other,” said Slide Co-Founder Jesse Molina. Molina comes from a strong pedigree of app innovators and is the younger brother of Joe Munoz, Co-founder of seminal dating app Tinder.
“We believe that your friends are everyone who is immediately around you and we want to connect people in the here and now,” Molina added.
Bluetooth Low Energy beacons are a new and emerging force in the mobile app market, a force that Slide is melding with the incredible popularity of photo sharing apps. Photo sharing app users exchange some 1.8 billion photos each day and, unlike rival apps Instagram and Snapchat, Slide will capitalize on the billions of devices that will be capable of iBeacon technology by 2019. Slide is the only app that enables users to unlock their phones’ potential as a beacon for social discovery. By regularly sharing photos in the same area, Slide lets users form meaningful connections with people who share similar interests and passions. It leverages the popularity of photo sharing to help people form new friendships.
Slide is intuitive and easy to use. Photo sharers can snap a quick image and then decide to slide the photo either up to share, or down to delete. The photo can be shared with anyone within close vicinity. Users also have the option to send photos that can be viewed only once. In these cases, the photos are received with a frosted over effect. Tapping the image will defrost and reveal the photo for a single viewing.
Molina says he was inspired to create Slide as a means for people in the same location to easily interact with each other. “Slide is about enhancing the experience of being together,” he said. “Too often social media can take us away from the opportunity to interact with people in the same room. With Slide, friends can share pictures with everyone around them and engage in real life conversations around those pictures.”