Travel photo service Trover arrives on Android

Trover launched its iPhone app to much fanfare three months ago, creating an easy way for travelers to share their photographic memories of cool spots around the globe. Now, the Seattle company is looking to build on its initial success with the launch of a new Android app.

“The launch of Trover on Android represents our next step in building this passionate community and the collection of splendid things they discover — from tiny family-run bakeries to hidden swimming holes and architectural wonders,” said CEO Jason Karas in a statement.

Trover, which had attracted about 100,000 users after its July launch, is rolling out the free app at the O’Reilly Android Open Conference today.

Started by Karas and Zillow co-founder and former Expedia CEO Rich Barton, Trover is well funded since funds from another Seattle company, TravelPost, were transferred to it earlier this year. That online travel company had raised $9.8 million from General Catalyst Partners, Ignition Partners and Benchmark Capital.

Trover faces plenty of competition in the online photo sharing space, including Instagram, Color, PhotoRocket and others. Earlier this year, Barton told GeekWire that Trover is a “a fascinating way to zip around the world, even if you are arm chair traveling.”

  • Robby Delaware

    Trover for the iPhone is a really good app.  The best part about Trover, as opposed to Instagram, is that you can Tweet out other people’s pictures!

    I could never figure out why Instagram restricted the sharing of photos.  If I post a photo to the anything other than facebook, I want people to share it.

    One suggestion for Trover.  Being a Seattle company, Trover should hook up with Paul Dorpat and have him upload some of his historical photos.  Maybe each upload of his could also be a donation for a charity or something.  

    While I was using Trover I kept thinking how cool it would be see old photos.

    Regardless, Trover is very good.  

    • johnhcook

      That’s a cool idea on adding historical photos to Trover. I’d personally be into that feature for sure. I am going to ask the company whether they have anything like that in the works. 

    • Jason Karas

      Thanks Robby.  We’d love to see more historical photos.  Trover is all about “interesting things to see and do”.  Historical information/photos certainly would increase the interest of folks’ surroundings, and may inspire exploring to see what’s come of an old building, establishment or even signage.    

      Who knows, maybe someday folks will look at the discoveries posted on Trover today as a way to understand what happened here back in 2011 (smile).

      I’ll reach out to Paul.  Thanks.

  • Anonymous

    The redundancy and multiplicity of sharing apps like this is confounding to me.  I guess that just means I’m not the target market for this sort of stuff.  Nevertheless, convince me: What is the value of Trover over any other photo sharing app?  You can geotag Picasa and Flickr images, no?

    • Jason Karas

      Hi Lucy.  Yes, certainly a crowded space.  We are focused on two things that make us different:  1) we’re about sharing discoveries, not photos.  Discoveries are useful if you are looking for something to see/do.  Discoveries contain a photo, a written description, directions, and discussion thread.  2) We provide a new way to browse your neighborhood that is more spatial and visual that other interfaces.  Please give Trover a try and let me know if I’ve convinced you  :)