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500px app for Android now available on the Google Play Store

April 23, 2012

500px is a photo sharing site where photographers can showcase their work and build portfolios. It gives avid photographers the chance to receive feedback, by way of image rankings, and get some exposure. What makes 500px stand out against Flickr and other photo sharing sites is that it was created by photographers. As such, the primary emphasis is on the pictures, with large images featured everywhere on its website.

Being in development for the last few months, 500px has now launched an official app for Android phones and tablets. The app brings a minimalistic but beautiful interface that, as expected, emphasizes the photographs. Similar to the iPad app, the Android version features:

  • Sections include Popular, Editor’s choice, Upcoming, and Fresh
  • Full search functionality
  • Filter by categories
  • Login or sign up to view your uploaded photos, friend’s photos and favorites
  • Ability to vote for and comment on photos
  • View photo descriptions, EXIF information, and location
  • Ability to share photographs via Twitter and Facebook
  • Slideshow view of every photo stream
500px has certainly caught the attention of amateur and professional photographers alike, featuring over 3 million users as of October 2011. This number is only set to grow with its launch in the Android arena. There have been some complaints of the app force closing occasionally, and some gripes about poor image quality. But it is only the v1.0 release, and following updates will likely fix these issues soon.

The app is compatible with with Android 2.2 and higher and is available for download from the Google Play Store for free, here.

What are your thoughts? Have you tried the 500px Android app? If yes, let us know your experience in the comments section below.