Facebook Launches Snapchat Rival, Slingshot for Android, Download Now

The application will be released on App Store very soon as well

By on June 17th, 2014 21:12 GMT

Most Facebook users probably know about Slingshot since last week, when the application briefly leaked online. After being pulled by Facebook, Slingshot was rumored to arrive today on both Android and iOS platforms.

However, it looks like Slingshot is currently only available for Android devices, though the iOS version was released at the same time, but it was pulled again for some reason. We expect it to go live on App Store once again.

Facebook's new application called Slingshot is an attempt to offer similar features as Snapchat, but slightly different. Basically, with Slingshot, you can capture a photo, add some funny effects to it and then share it with your friends.

But your friends will not be able to see it unless they send you back another “sling” of their own. You don't even have to add any effects to a photo; as long as you send it to your friend, you will be able to see what he/she sent you instead.

The same goes for videos. You can capture a video of moments that you want to share with your friends and “sling” it to them. If you don't want to view any of the photos or videos you receive from your friends, you can easily swipe them away.

Keep in mind though that once you dismiss these “slings,” there's no turning back, they're gone for good. You can also comment on anything you unlock (pictures, videos), draw anything on “slings” or even type text on them.

“To get started on Slingshot, shoot a photo or video. It can be what you’re up to, who you’re with or a quick selfie. Add some text and color, then sling it to a bunch of friends. Here’s the deal: friends won’t be able to see your shot until they sling something back to you. They can then reply with a reaction – or simply swipe your shot away,” explains the Slingshot team in a blog post.

You can also share a video or a picture with one or more of your friends, assuming they have the application installed on their devices.

You can now download Slingshot for Android for free via Google Play Store. The application should be fully compatible with most devices powered by Android 4.1 and up.

We'll update the news with the link to App Store once Slingshot for iOS is published as well, so stay tuned for more on the matter.

Update 1: iOS users can now download Slingshot as well. It's compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices powered by iOS 7.0 or later.

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