The Rise of Selfie Smartphones and Cloud Photo Storage

A great philosopher once said that humans’ deepest motivation is the desire to feel important. And that is not surprising when you see social networks today. How 390291-selfie-teenmany of your friends post selfie photos? As a matter of fact, you could be doing that too!

In some ways, a selfie is a great way to cultivate a relationship. How so? For instance, you could take a group selfie with your friends and post it. Tagging them makes everyone in the photo feel connected to each other. But there’s also a part of people that wants to be seen, to satisfy their own longing for belonging. Having a group selfie for some people could represent the self-assurance that he/she is a part of the group.

And then there are those who simply like to take photos of their smiling, or at times funny faces. But whatever the reason, it can all be traced to its roots – the feeling of acceptance and importance.

All smartphone makers know that, hence all the major brands and startups have been releasing selfie smartphones. One could argue that marketing a smartphone as a selfie smartphone is nothing more than marketing gimmicks. The truth is that these are the same mobiles with a few tweaks on the design, slapped with a new model number, and with added software that is designed for selfies. And there you have it, a selfie smartphone!

Forget the expensive top-of-the-line units. There are far more people who could only afford the cheaper models. As such, these often have low memory capacity. Granted that many brands and models allow the consumer to add an expansion card (SDCard), these are prone to damages and losing photos.

The solution is simple and it is here: a service like Google Drive, which can be used to store photos where it will not be lost. While Google Drive is limited to 15gb, expect Google to increase that capacity in the near future. Other similar services are Dropbox, OneDrive and iCloud.