Toronto's 500px Continues Tear, Launches Android App

by Rob Lewis | Apple

Toronto's 500px has been all over the news lately. Two weeks ago, they launched a pricing scheme targeting Flickr users. And last week, their creative Terms of Service came underfire.

Today, they launched their first-ever free Android smartphone and tablet app.

Don't worry iOS fans—they haven't forgotten about you. In addition to the Android launch, they released a major upgrade to their highly acclaimed iPad application, which now features retina graphics support for the new iPad as well as in-app purchasing capability.

The new Android app brings the same elegant experience of the site to Android users worldwide. Browse through the millions of photos in a magazine-like stream and curated collections, or sign in for free and join the community. Follow friends’ photos, rate and add photos to favorites, and share comments directly in the app. Create a slideshow with a few clicks and easily share photos on Twitter and Facebook, all directly within the Android app.

500px's iPad app received over 100,000 downloads in its first week after release and boasts an average engagement time of 42 minutes, garnering 87 flips through the magazine-like pages. It will be interesting to see if they can replicate that success with Android.

500px was founded by Oleg Gutsol and Evgeny Tchebotarev in 2003. 500px began as a LiveJournal community where users could submit artistic photos that were 500 pixels wide for review, and community and quality continue to serve as core values.

500px Inc.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

500px is a photo community powered by creative people worldwide that lets you discover, share, buy and sell inspiring photographs. The first version of 500px came to light in the early days of digital photography. At that time, everything was slightly different — the Internet was slower, 3.2 megapixel cameras were the latest buzz, digital photographers were just getting acquainted with their... more

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Rob is the President of Techvibes Media and Editor-in-Chief of  His diverse background includes stints in International Trade Finance, Web Development, and Enterprise Software and he is a graduate of the University of British Columbia, British Columbia Institute of Technology, and Simon Fraser University. When not running Canada's leading technology media property, Rob can be... more

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