Introducing BitTorrent Shoot: An App That Lets You Share Pics And Vids With Friends Privately
Moving loads of pictures or videos between two handsets can be a bit of a hassle, especially when you are trying to share content between a pair of devices that are running different mobile operating systems. But now, there is a new app that allows you to do exactly that but in an easier and faster way.
This app is called Shoot (available for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone platforms) and is made by the same guys responsible for BitTorrent. With the use of Sync, the technology that it utilized in offering a quicker way of moving large files, BitTorrent has discovered a new method of directly sharing pictures and videos from one handset to another. And the remarkable thing about it is that users need not use a cloud service to get it done.
Convenience and speed notwithstanding, perhaps the most significant advantage that the BitTorrent Shoot mobile app can offer users is that facilitates a more private way of sharing files. Technically, when moving pictures and videos using Shoot, only the user and the recipient are accessing the files in transit. As a matter of fact, the servers of BitTorrent have nothing to do with completing the transfer of content in any way. And what is even more amazing about BitTorrent's app is that there are no limits to how many files or how big the files you are moving.
In terms of usability, the BitTorrent Shoot mobile app is pretty straightforward. Users just basically select between a couple of choices displayed on the main screen -- Send and Receive. These choices of course are self explanatory. When you are sending content, you will be instructed to pick items from your handset's library of photos and videos, and when you are done selecting the items, you are provided with a QR code. The intended recipient of the files you are sending can then scan that code using his or her own BitTorrent Shoot app, and then commence the process of transferring files.
There is no question regarding how easy to use the BitTorrent Shoot app is, but will mobile users actually use it? After all, BitTorrent is not the only company out there offering photo/video sharing apps for people. Apple's AirDrop has been in use for quite some time now. Will users be receptive to a new approach to moving pics and vids? As for BitTorrent Shoot, it only offers 3 sends for free, after which users will have to pay $1.99 in order to keep on using the app. The fact that Shoot charges a fee could be a factor in its adoption rate among users.