For those of you who’ve been using PicPlz as your default photo sharing app on Android and iOS, we’ve got some bad news. It looks like PicPlz is shutting down and as of July 3rd, all pictures stored on their servers will be deleted. Users who want to save the images that they’ve taken, have until then to log into PicPlz’s website and download their photos.
PicPlz was founded by Dalton Caldwell the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mixed Media Labs. PicPlz was an alternative to Instagram, in fact, they even made the jump to Android way before Instagram. Instagram, on the other hand, continued to hone and perfect their app on iOS, before bringing it to Android, which has certainly paid off, as they amassed over 50 million users once they finally made the jump and were purchased by Facebook soon afterwards for a total of $1 billion dollars (about $300 million in cash and the rest in stocks).
It looks like when Instagram finally did make its way to Google’s platform, all those Android users couldn’t wait to download the app that’s made them jealous of iOS users. So many people jumped on Instagram for Android, that it may have been the final nail in the coffin for PicPlz.
While I only used the app briefly on my Nexus S, it was nice, but just not as robust as Instagram. Still, it’s sad to see a great alternative fall to the waste side. Below is the noticcation email that PicPlz sent out to users today.