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08 May 12 Socialcam for Android is a bust

Notice all of the empty space under the All Videos tab.

Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET)

While Socialcam appears to be one of the better video-sharing apps on iPhone, I certainly can’t say the same about its sibling on the
Android platform. See, after taking some time to review Socialcam for Android, I realized that the app is wrought with problems and in dire need of some attention from its developers.

The first problem I encountered was that Socialcam on Android only offers you the option to log in using Facebook, and much of the time even that doesn’t work. I tried logging in using two different accounts on two different devices and found this most basic of actions to be hit-or-miss, with the app force closing or freezing on several occasions. This was not a good start, to say the least.

Once I was finally able to get into Socialcam, the problems continued. The app failed to load any user videos, except for a single promo piece published by Socialcam staff, which means I wasn’t able to browse other users’ content or find anyone interesting to follow. In other words, I wasn’t able to interact with the community at all. And from what I know, that is supposed to be a major part of the Socialcam experience.

Fortunately, Socialcam for Android was capable of shooting and sharing video — but that’s not saying much, considering that’s the very minimum of what it should be able to do. Nevertheless, after all the problems, I was pleased that I could tap the camera icon, record video, and post to Socialcam fairly easily. The app also let me add a title, tag friends, and share to Facebook, Twitter, and more. Sure, it worked, but if that’s the extent of Socialcam’s capabilities on Android, then that’s not a very compelling value proposition. I can shoot and share video with tons of other apps, including my device’s default camera.

With not a single update since August of last year, it’s easy to see that the Android app has become something of an afterthought to Socialcam’s developers. In fact, there isn’t even a Google Play download link on Socialcam’s official site. That said, I’m still optimistic that the app will one day get its update, and will function as it should. Otherwise, they’d be missing out on a potentially huge pool of users. Isn’t that right, Instagram?

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