Facebook has just closed a deal to hire about seven employees from Android photosharing app Lightbox. The app will shut down, has already been stripped from Google’s Play marketplace, and people have until June 15th to download their photos.
Along with the Instagram acquisition, the Lightbox hires will help Facebook prepare for a very mobile-centric future. In a statement, Facebook said “The Lightbox team has incredible experience developing innovative mobile products that people love. We look forward to welcoming this world-class team of engineers to Facebook.”
Here’s the full statements from Lightbox’s blog:
We started Lightbox because we were excited about creating new services built primarily for mobile, especially for the Android and HTML5 platforms, and we’re honored that millions of you have downloaded the Lightbox Photos app and shared your experiences with the Lightbox community.Today, we’re happy to announce that the Lightbox team is joining Facebook, where we’ll have the opportunity to build amazing products for Facebook’s 500+ million mobile users.This means we’re no longer accepting new signups. If you’re an existing user, you can continue to use Lightbox.com until June 15 and you can download your photos from here.Facebook is not acquiring the company or any of the user data hosted on Lightbox.com. In the coming weeks, we will be open sourcing portions of the code we’ve written for Lightbox and posting them to our Github repository.We’d like to thank the Lightbox community, our investors, and our families for supporting us during this journey.Thai Tran & Nilesh Patel