Even though it seems like the photo sharing market is saturated with services competing for the world’s photos, the incredible growth of many young companies (e.g. Instagram) shows that there’s still plenty of untapped areas for growth, with mobile sharing being one of the big ones at the moment. A trademark for “Photovine” filed by Google earlier this month seems to suggest that the search giant is looking to expand beyond Picasa.
The trademark application is for:
Communication services, namely, transmission of visual images and data by telecommunications networks, wireless communication networks, the Internet, information services networks and data networks [#]
Google also appears to have acquired the Photovine.com recently. Apple recently announced a cloud-based sharing service of its own, called Photo Stream, which shows photos beamed wirelessly from users’ iPhones and iPads.
Since Google is also a major player in the smartphone market with its Android operating system, it will be interesting to see whether Photovine turns out to be a similar service that shares photos beamed from Android devices.