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Carousel: Meet Dropbox's new standalone photo-sharing app

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(Read caption) Carousel, pictured here, allows users to more easily store and sort large numbers of photos.

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Way back in December of 2012, Dropbox acquired Snapjoy, a photo archiving service. Today, the cloud company has finally unveiled the product of that deal: a standalone iOS and Android app called Carousel, which makes it easy to share and sort massive amounts of photographs.

And in these days of the smart phone camera and Instagram, with everyone running around madly, taking pictures of everything, who doesn't need a little help organizing his or her photo collection? 

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The software is free, and available today through the iTunes and Google Play stores. 

Carousel, the Dropbox team wrote in a blog post, "combines the photos in your Dropbox with the photos on your phone, and automatically backs up new ones as you take them. Carousel sorts all these memories by event so you can easily travel back in time to any photo from any date. And unlike other mobile galleries, the size of your Carousel isn’t constrained by the space on your phone, which means you can finally have your entire life’s memories in one place."

Some screenshots from the app are pictured above. The aesthetic is very much photo-first, with a tiled layout that VentureBeat has dubbed "beautiful." In addition, Ramesh Balakrishnan and Chris Lee of Dropbox have said that the app is getting packaged with a messaging service, allowing you to share and comment on photo files with other users. 

In related news, at a press event this week, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston said that the number of users on the platform had hit 275 million, up significantly from the 200 million users Dropbox counted last November.