We all have our own personal litmus tests in order to decide when a specific platform has truly made it. Sure Android has been the operating system of record on the majority of smartphones and tablets currently in use today around the globe, “but Jesus Christmas I can’t use my Nike Fuel band on this crappy phone!”
For a lot of people the make or break app or feature that a particular device must have available in order for it to become a viable purchasing option is some kind of photo filter app. When Instagram went mainstream it became so popular that it is almost impossible these days to find a picture without a photo filter used on it. You only have to scroll through your Twitter or Facebook feeds and look at all of the pics that your friends post of their lunch, cars, or those godawful “selfies” in order to notice that it’s the rare photo that is ever posted “as is” anymore.
If you happen to be the type of person for whom this type of thing is a prerequisite in order for a device to garner your consideration, then you can add the recently released Google Glass to your wish list. A new app called (you guessed it) Glassagram has just been introduced into the Google Glass ecosystem, and it aims to take care of all of your photo filtering needs.
At this point the app is in it’s very early stages so it isn’t the most powerful photo editing software you are ever going to see, but it’s a step in the right direction. As it functions right now a picture has to be forwarded to the Glassagram service, filtered by them, and then sent back to the user using various filters for selection of the best one.
After the initial installation and sign up process, a card appears on your Google Glass timeline that gives users the following options:
Enable sharing contact (Please enable Glassagram on MyGlass)
Take a picture!
Share your picture with Glassagram (Glassagram will apply all the filters you selected and send a bundle of images back to you)
Share your filtered photos with friends (Choose and share the best one with your friends!)
While this app is still in it’s infancy the fact that developers are putting an effort into producing things like this is huge. A new product is only as good as the apps that run on it, and as we’ve seen with Google TV even if the idea is solid it still needs content or else it will languish in obscurity.