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BitTorrent Shoot's easy, Bump-like photo sharing spans all major mobile platforms

Ian Paul | June 17, 2015
It seems like everybody wants to get into the photo-sharing game. One day after Facebook announced Moments, a stand-alone photo-sharing app for Android and iOS, BitTorrent Inc. announced BitTorrent Shoot, a tool for sharing photos and videos between Android, iOS, and Windows Phone devices.

Once you have got all the photos and videos selected, hit send (this differs by platform) and Shoot will display a QR code.

Now the person receiving the photos taps the Receive tile on their device, scans the QR code on your screen and the app starts transferring. Both devices do not even need to be on the same network for this to work--as long as both devices are online the data will transfer.

That said, Shoot is not recommended for remote photo sharing. It is better for sharing photos with a person you are sitting next right now, similar to the now defunct Bump. The use of QR codes means remote Shoot sharing is a pain. First you have to send the QR code over email or messaging. Then the other person would need a second screen like a tablet or PC to view the QR code and scan it with Shoot before they could receive the photos. On top of that you need to keep the sending device open to the QR code the entire time.

Contrast that with Moments, which makes it easy to share photos between Facebook users thanks to its use of suggestions powered by face recognition. With Moments, however, you lose the anonymity that Shoot offers.

If the idea of BitTorrent-based sharing appeals to you, but you want to share remotely, consider using BitTorrent Sync instead.

Shoot is available now from the App Store, Google Play, and the Windows Store.


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