May 11, 2011 | by Andrew Kameka
Take a photo, send it to the cloud. It’s a novel concept and a popular one, but there’s another player in the market known as Lightbox. Previewed today at Google I/O, Lightbox is designed to be the ultimate photo app – it captures, edits, stores, synchs, and displays images in one place.
Lightbox includes a camera app that can apply filters like black and white, loom, retro, sepia, and more. Or, users can snap a photo and upload it unmolested to their personal lightbox, which safely stores it in the cloud. That makes it easy to browse photos on the phone, tablets, or the web.
No app is complete without a social component, so Lightbox also taps into other popular social networking services like Facebook, Foursquare, Tumblr, and Twitter. Lightbox can post images to those networks or import photos taken by friends. (Both private and public pictures are displayed.)
Lightbox is still in private beta and will be launched soon. In the mean time, you can see a quick video demo of the product.