Developed by Sony Digital Network Applications, million moments for Android is a beautiful and customizable digital photo album that employs an elegant bookshelf layout and flipping page animations to showcase the most memorable moments of your life through various personalized albums (referred to as books within the app). It features a smart photo-labeling system to automatically create new albums and fill relevant images that might be residing on your device. Moreover, the app also supports native photo-capturing, tagging and captioning feature to let you instantly grab images of required events, places, moments et al, and place them under relevant albums. The option to sift through entire photo albums with flipping pages effect, combined with easy photo maneuvering, labeling, sharing and captioning options, make million moments one of the simplest yet highly intuitive photo browsing app to have hit the Google Play Store to date.
Unlike some of the other similar apps, million moments doesn’t sport any photo effects or filters at all. Instead, it follows a simple and straightforward concept: place and explore your favorite photos from under various custom-created albums in their original form. What’s unique about million moments is that it utilizes the Sony Face Detection Technology to avoid cropping faces within images whilst placing them on various page layout presets of an album.
The app opens directly to its bookshelf interface that houses all your various photo albums. Scrolling this screen towards the left, you can check out various albums present on your virtual bookshelf. Before starting to explore your photo albums, you can tweak their respective layout settings. In this regard, all you need to do is long press the title of the required album. Using the screen that follows, you can give the album an appropriate title. More importantly, you can decide the timespan that the app should consider while displaying images within a particular album. For instance, you may opt to keep each album page restricted to displaying images from just a single day, or show all images from an entire week. Should you opt to leave this option unaltered, the app automatically decides the relevant timespan that should be used for each page, and hence, sets the number of photos per page accordingly.
Using various options at the top of the app’s main interface, you can grab fresh images, import photos from your device’s gallery or Facebook, and head over to the app’s main settings screen that houses several key options. It is from this screen that you can manage labels of your albums (option to define a maximum of eight different custom labels). Then, you can disable the app’s sound effects from the same screen, and launch the aforementioned picture analysis feature to help the app detect and rectify all such instances within albums where the faces have been hid or cropped.
Let’s now start opening/viewing an album, and see what features does the app have on offer for that section. By default, each album’s front-page sports the last captured image, and displays the total number of photos included therein. To explore all the photos contained within an album, just keep flicking its pages. The app uses a random layout to portray images; for example, you could be presented with a couple of images on one page, while the subsequent one may contain as many as five different photos, while respecting the app’s default mode of displaying all images in chronological order. Long pressing a photo lets you readjust its position within its respective display area, whereas tapping a photo displays it in full screen, along with the relevant comments.
We’re not done yet, as the best part is still to come. While flipping pages of an album, you can swipe downwards on the screen to label your images accordingly. Needless to say, each photo can be tagged using multiple labels. For this, just hit the required color-coded label at the top, and tap the required image to get it tagged accordingly. Un-tagging can also be done in the same way. Provided the photo has not already been assigned to a specific album, labelling it in said manner automatically puts it under the relevant album, or creates one if it doesn’t exist already.
Drag this screen upwards, and you’re presented with several other options that include adding newly captured images to the selected album, importing local or Facebook photos, modifying the album/book settings, and sharing the current album page on Facebook and/or Twitter. While the app works pretty smoothly with most of its features, the lack of support for landscape viewing is quite incomprehensible, to be honest, especially considering that it’s a full-screen-supported photo-exploring app! By the way, where’s the homescreen widget, too, anyone?
million moments is currently exclusive to Android only. However, before heading over to the download links, check out the app’s official intro video that perfectly demonstrates one of the many aspects of your life that can be enjoyed using million moments and its photo exploring capabilities.