Tired of resorting to the Pinterest mobile website or all the various third-party Android clients, such as Galley+ and PinHog etc, to access your world of this awesome pinboard-themed social photo-sharing network? Maybe it’s time to get your hands on the ‘real deal’. Apart from updating their iPad-optimized app with a totally revamped UI, the creators of Pinterest have just announced the official Android client of their feverishly followed photo-sharing wonder. That’s right, the wait is finally over! The official Android app of Pinterest is now available in the Google Play Store. It’s free, tablet-optimized and supports almost all social media sharing tools that are synonymous with Pinterest. These include creating your own pinboards and exploring thousands of photos from under various category-based digital boards, option to explore, share, ‘pin’, re-pin, bookmark, like, and comment on photo-based pins, storing favorite images to your device, digging deep into your Pinterest profile, searching for interesting stuff across the network and befriending other Pinterest users, all right from your mobile device. The company’s recent announcement of opening free subscription to all and sundry is replicated in its official mobile apps, too, meaning that if you don’t already own a Pinterest account, you can now get one for yourself from within the app for absolutely free.
The core concept behind sharing photos with Pinterest is as simple as it sounds. The main purpose of Pinterest is to provide its users with a simple and intuitive photo-sharing social platform that allows them to post and explore photos in the form of pins under various categories (referred to as Boards). So if you’re looking for yet another effects/filters-laden photo-sharing app, please be informed that Pinterest might not be the most appropriate choice.
Although not entirely Holo-themed, the UI of Pinterest for Android certainly impresses and entices with its neat looks and catchy animations. The app’s home screen represents a photo-filled virtual pinboard sporting photos/pins shared by the people and boards you follow, with the option to create a new pin sitting in the top-left. You can scroll vertically to explore all the pins present on the home screen or swipe sideways to head over to your Pinterest profile screen and the Categories screen.
The profile screen is form where you can keep a tab on your Pinterest followers, users whom you’re following, your favorite Boards, Pins & Likes, as well as an updated news feed of all the activities undertaken by your friends and followers on the network. Any specific pin, board or people that you wish to search for, and any Pinterest photo category that you may want to explore, can be done from the Categories screen. For those unaware, Pinterest boasts a wide array of categories encompassing almost all wakes of life, including automobiles, fashion, sports, humor, kids, outdoors, home décor, tattoos, art, weddings, animals and whatnot. All you need to do is make your choice, and be blessed with an unending stream of high quality photos belonging to the selected category.
As with any social networking client, Pinterest lets you interact with the shared content in various aforementioned ways. In addition, you can explore other pins shared by a specific user, start following them on the network, or be followed yourself. You may share a pin further, save it to your device (cool!) or report against the image, all whilst viewing a specific pin. A surprising thing about the official mobile app of Pinterest (a service that takes pride in being a thoroughly photo-centric platform) is it won’t let you feast your eyes with full-screen views of shared images (it redirects you to the web app instead). Images downloaded via the app can be found in the DCIM/100PINT/Pins folder on your SD card.
For your own upload tasks, the app lets you snap a fresh image or import one from your gallery. Next, you’re required to select a relevant custom board from the pool of available options or create one right from scratch. Once that is taken care of, just enter brief description for the image/pin, opt to sharing it on Facebook and/or Twitter, and finally, hit Pin it.
Needless to say, login is required at launch to access your Pinterest world from your mobile. A good thing, however, in this regard is that you have the additional option to log in to the app with your Facebook or Twitter ID.
All in all; Pinterest has can be cited as a near-perfect release for a debuting app. If anything, we’d love the option of sharing videos and a slick little homescreen widget being added to the mix. As of now, all we are left to say is, “Good luck with pinning”
Update: The official Pinterest Android App has been updated in the Play Store with several user-requested features, including the option to accept or ignore new board invitations, leave group boards that you’re already part of, and view who else is pinning to a board with you.