Google recently launched a new picture sharing service called Photovine. The concept behind it is very interesting and thus caught attention of all the Google observers. Only some of them and few others actually know that the concept is strikingly similar another service called Piictu. Well, its very common to have a service with similar idea but implementation of features and design of Photovine also matches to that of Piictu.
Photovine groups images together using common photo-driven themes. These groupings, called vines, let you connect with other users while sharing photos of everyday items that you wouldn’t otherwise have any interest in photographing. You can have a vine focused on Swingline staplers, or magazine covers, or bottle caps. The app’s design has “Watching” tab for Piictu’s “Following” tab”. Piictu’s “Latest” section is matched with “Fresh,” and Photovine didn’t even bother searching for a synonym for “Popular,” which you’ll find in both apps. Jump past the break for a deeper look, along with statements from the makers of both apps.
Piictu co-founder Jon Slimak said that “we’re confident in our product, and we’re not focused on any of this. We’re just heads down and finishing next iterations and future iterations.” Slimak pointed out that since February his designer has been posting progress on Dribbble, a public platform for creative types to share their latest projects. It’s possible that the Google designers got a little… inspiration here.
A Google spokesperson explained that the Photovine team has been working on its app for quite some time, saying “Photovine is a photo-sharing app built by a few folks at Slide, who conceived and started building the product late last year, long before Piictu existed. “It’s very likely that the original concept was fresh when Slide, a company acquired by Google last summer, began development. But it’s equally unlikely that the app’s designers had never seen early versions of Piictu, or the final app.
Here are some examples that explains the remarkable similarities between both apps.