Shots is a selfie application which was created by brothers, John and Sam Shahidi, back in mid-November 2013. It was formerly known as ‘Shots Of Me’ in the early stages of the app launch, then later on changed to the more sophisticated name of “Shots”, just months after launching. Since then, the app has been featured on an excessive amount of the largest media/news websites, including the globally recognized news channel, CNBC. There were even talks of Twitter wanting to buy the ‘Bieber backed selfie app’ in late November 2014.
From minor bug fixes, to larger and more noticeable updates, this app never fails to impress. Not long ago, we were welcomed by a wonderful collection of specially designed filters, as well as super cool split shots. And just today, we were welcomed by the long-awaited Shots video! Yes, you heard me correctly…3 second videos can now be taken through the app, Shots, whether it’s a singular 3s shot, or a 3s reply shot to one of your buds. So, get filming and let’s see what you can do in just 3 seconds.
Just in case 3 second videos didn’t excite you enough, the Shots team made sure not to disappoint, by bringing back the timestamp on individual shots. So you can now see how many minutes, hours, or days, since a certain shot was posted. Since no photos or videos from your camera roll can be uploaded to the app, it means that everything is in real-time – think of it as your own personal photo/3s video diary, and then look back through them to recap on forgotten memories.
A cool new feature which was added to the recently updated version of the Shots app, is the ‘friend radar’. This newly designed feature gives users the opportunity to connect with friends in a faster and more effective way. If you are trying to add your friend who is sitting next to you, on Shots, simply click the “Radar” button on both devices at the same time, to enable this feature. Once you’ve found each other, simply hit that ‘add’ button and the rest is history.
Not only have Shots added a bunch of new interactive features, but they have also included an app makeover. The newly redesigned timeline makes it a lot easier to view certain Shots which appeal to you, without having to scroll past a dozen selfies, one by one. You can also swipe up and down to view previous or current shots, in a slick new format, either by clicking on a shot, or viewing shotties’ profiles. You can now manage to reply-shot in one simple tap – just hold down on a user’s shot until the reply-shot screen pops up, then you’re all set! Even the timeline refresh theme is pretty damn awesome, and that is just one of many minor changes that came along with this incredible Shots (version 4.0) update.
John, Sam and the rest of the Shots team have also made Shots available on Apple Watch, which allows shotties to “use Shots for Apple Watch as a virtual selfie stick” with their watch capture button. Needless to say, it sounds pretty sleek. I don’t own one myself, but if I did, I’d be hitting download straight away.
To keep the Shots momentum going, we want to challenge you…with the new 3s video addition to the app, we want to see some sweet clips of you doing the accent challenge. All you have to do, is take a 3s shot of yourself doing your best/favorite accent, and caption it with #AccentChallenge. It’s pretty easy, now lets have some fun!
You can download/update the Shots app here, and don’t forget to review the new Shots update on the App Store!
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