The team at Google has been hard at work after hours, having hit us with a slew of new updates for Gmail, their social network Google+, and now, an Instagram rival – Pool Party. Pool Party will be a photo sharing application which places an emphasis on creating group albums they call “pools”, showing off new photos in real time. The app, just like Google+, is currently in invite-only beta testing. Heck, Google even managed to purchase the domain, so that means they are dead serious on seeing Pool Party take over the world – if possible.

Someone did take note that Pool Party has already appeared on the Android Market, but no idea on whether it will work since it is in private beta at the moment. Apart from that, it has also made an appearance in the App Store, debunking beliefs that this will be an Android-only app. Smart move to court iOS users, we wonder whether Instagram is quaking in their boots at the moment.

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