Frequently Asked Questions
Does Aroundly app requires a flat internet connection?
It is reccomended but not required. Aroundly needs a working connection only for its first launch, to contact aroundly.com and get a new user id. Everyday use can work also without connectivity: pics are stored in your camera roll, and a reduced size version is saved in a dedicated cache. If an internet connection is not available then uploads will fail, but you'll have the possibility to restart them later (e.g.: when you are under a WiFi connection). Geolocalization and date/time informations are preserved.
You said that all photos are stored on aroundly.com for 30 days, then they are deleted. This is the same for the photos that I took with Aroundly app and that I still have in my phone?
Absolutely not. The photos you take with Aroundly app are stored in your camera roll AND uploaded on aroundly.com. We automatically delete only the copy that is stored on this website, but the original ones, on your phone, will remain untouched. They are in your camera roll, so you can manage them, synchronize with your computer, etc.
When I use the Aroundly app to take a photo, it will become of your property?
No. We only show the photos of Aroundly users on aroundly.com for a month, but every user is the owner of his photos. We will not use your photographic material for commercial or promotional purposes (at least: if we will are interested to some photos of an user, we'll ask him the permission...). Of course we can't grant that someone else will not download and use your photos in any way: as usual, when you use a tool or a website to publish something on the Internet you must accept this risk; it's up to you to choose which photos are suitable to be taken with Aroundly app (public material) and what with the normal Camera app (private material).
What is the red circle around markers on the map?
It tells you the accuracy of geolocalization of that photo. Little circles are for picture with a great accuracy (30 meters or less). It depends by a large number of factors (see the next FAQ about ghost markers).
Why are some markers on the map semi-transparent?
Sometimes your phone will not be able to recognize your GPS position while you're taking a photo (e.g. when you're inside a building, or if you didn't give enough time to complete the localization process), so it will use cell towers to get an approximate position. If also this method will not determine a decent result before you take the photo, accuracy will degrade to an unreliable level (±1500 meters or even worse). Aroundly shows also these markers on the map, but they will look in "ghost mode" and without the red circle around them, to tell you that the position isn't "credible".
I can't understand how times are calculated.
Aroundly shows photos from all around the World; who looks at the map can be also from any time zone. To make things simplier, we chose to rely to viewers' time. Aroundly.com tries to get your current timezone settings from your browser, then shows everything with your local time. On the single photo page also the local time is shown ("local" for the user that took the photo). Note: if we fail to retrieve viewer timezone, UTC (Greenwich time) is used.