Tuesday , October 25 2016

Facebook’s Snapchat rival – Slingshot – is now available to download from Google Play in Australia

When Facebook announced their latest venture into messaging, called Slingshot, last week, it was unfortunately limited to the US. If you held off from trying the service out till it went live, you can now install it from Google Play in Australia.

Slingshot links you to friends using phone numbers or Facebook connections. Once you have some friends lined up, you can start ‘slinging’ messages to them. When you send a ‘Sling’ (a short video or a picture) whoever sends it back to you will need to send one back in response before they can view your original message. Videos or pictures you send can have text added to them to really emphasise what’s going on. Once your friends see you ‘sling’ they can reply with a reaction, possibly a selfie.

We did supply an APK to side-load when Slingshot first launched, but with this, you can now jump straight over to Google Play and install it directly. Let us know what you think — is it a viable competitor, or is it trying to be/oust SnapChat?

Source: Google Play.

Daniel Tyson Editor at large

Dan is a die-hard Android fan. Some might even call him a lunatic. He's been an Android user since Android was a thing, and if there's a phone that's run Android, chances are he owns it (his Nexus collection is second-to-none) or has used it.

Dan's dedication to Ausdroid is without question, and he has represented us at some of the biggest international events in our industry including Google I/O, Mobile World Congress and IFA.

  • Stephen Crisafulli

    Needs a phone number, for a duel phone wielder that’s a Instant uninstall. Couldn’t use snapshot for same reason