A screenshot app in 2019 might not be convincing at first, but Popshot can be used in more than one way.
We’re very intimidated by online shopping. Over one million products to dig your nose in, at least five best friends on WhatsApp chiming in and a nervous yet precise tap on the volume rocker and the power key to grab a screenshot and share it with the army of five. It’s hectic, cluttered and very difficult to track back… enter Popshot. It’ll offload your shopping apps onto its home page and neatly tuck away your screenshots and chats in a separate section.
Plot twist: Popshot is actually a browser. It works unlike any other browser because it can store the links of the website pages within your screenshot. Quite clever.
The screenshots can be shared, scribbled on and threaded in a conversation on Popshot. If you want a friend to pick up on a specific word on this very review, then the Popshot screenshots even remember the exact location on the page. Allow me to elaborate. If you want to send a friend this review and want them to look at the verdict only and not anything else, you can screenshot the verdict section and then send it. When your friend taps on the screenshot, they will be taken to the page’s verdict section automatically.
Popshot says this helps shoppers, but the biggest user base comes from students who are juggling PUBG by the day and assignments by the night.
Popshot’s biggest strength is the ability to pick up weblinks with its screenshots, but we’re still not convinced about its browser functions. There’s no way to open multiple tabs unless you save them on your home page, there’s no incognito mode (might come in December) and there’s no web history to refer to.
That’s why we think it’s a screenshot-first app and it works quite naturally with smartphone-optimised websites. We saved BookMyShow, Amazon and OLX apps on the home page and easily accessed all of them without having to give the dedicated apps our precious storage space. Albeit, the mobile websites have to be equally optimised to make your life less miserable.
Popshot’s on-screen button is not movable, so it might cover some important website options. Scrolling up and down fixes it, but there’s still a recurring thought to avoiding tapping it by mistake while browsing.
All things considered, it’s a browser at heart, so even if you bypass the notification horror that pile up from almost every app these days, to get them or not is not a choice with Popshot. If your ad on OLX has likely customers eager to drop a text, there will be no notification about it on your smartphone. Same thing with Amazon or any other website where you might be interested in sale pings and discount vouchers.
The potential with Popshot is quite remarkable. It makes you wonder why the browser giants (Chrome and Safari) never thought of this, but at the same time, Popshot needs to solve its identity crisis and iron out a few things as well.
It won’t replace your existing browser, but if you’re not interested in downloading a long list of apps and then categorising them in folders, let Popshot take that problem off your thumbs. You can add all useful but not regular apps on to its home screen and it works perfectly.