Droid Zap

New 'Zap Zones' still limited to Droid devices, unfortunately

Droid Zap, the curiously-named picture and video sharing app announced alongside Motorola's new Droid devices, is opening up to all phones running Android 4.0 and above today. The app makes it (relatively) simple to share pictures and videos between devices by opening the app and swiping on the screen with two fingers. While the app would actually install on any device before, functionality was limited to just receiving files — you needed to have a Droid to send.

The ability to send and receive is now open to every device that it will install on, and the app has also been redesigned to be decidedly less "Droid" looking. The premise is still the same, though — choose or take a photo or video, then swipe up on the screen with two fingers. Anyone nearby with Droid Zap installed can swipe down and receive the item. You can password protect the files, or leave it open to anyone if you choose. A new feature called Zap Zone is still limited to Droid devices, which seamlessly shares all available photos between devices with fewer swipes.

Motorola positions this as a useful tool for parties, but just as we noted when it first came out, we're not sure how many people will have Droid Zap installed and ready to go on their phones for your next get-together. If you're interested in giving it a try, head to the Play Store link above and download it — you'll be sending pictures to everyone around you wirelessly in no time.


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Droid Zap expands send and receive functionality to all, redesigns app in the process


If your product doesn't solve a problem, or do the same thing better than the current paradigm, it is not going to succeed.

For instance, using NFC tap and pay is slower than a card, but solves the problem of carrying a wallet everywhere, so some people will use it.

This is almost Samsung-like... It isn't faster than "share to circle". It doesn't solve a problem either. It actually requires others to have an app they probably don't (see Samsung and Apple market share).

Things like this are the opposite of active notifications, which both solved a problem and increased efficiency.

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While it's less useful and more cumbersome than Motorola wants to make it seem, I wouldn't go so far as to say that Droid Zap is completely useless. Sharing a photo to a restricted circle also requires everyone have an app installed, but also be a member of that social network and know how to use it.

With Droid Zap, you just have to have an app installed and be within a reasonable distance of other people, that's it. There aren't even device restrictions anymore aside from needing ICS or above. I think there's a place for Droid Zap — especially considering that it actually works, and works well — even if it isn't going to be a service everyone uses on a daily basis.

If this app could share any files, regardless of type, I could see it being useful at meetings and conferences. You sit down at a presentation and the presenter uses the app to instantly give everyone in the room a copy of the PowerPoint presentation to take home. No URL to write down and access later; you get everything instantly. Then send it to the cloud storage service of your choice and view it on your computer later.

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This is great, love the simple functionality and it seems to be easier for my friends to understand. Transferring via NFC seems to be confusing for some people. :P

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