Instagram is so yesterday's news. If you're a fan of pictures with a little more life and movement, the folks at Cinemagram might have just the thing for you. Currently available on iOS, Cinemagram lets you create a fascinating hybrid of still images and video as an animated GIF right on a phone. One user that was quite taken with what he saw reached out to the developer, and got some good news back: the Cinemagram team is actively working on an Android port.

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This isn't the kind of app that fulfills a necessary function on a smartphone; it's just plain fun. It's an excuse to let your imagination run wild and come up with some magical images. Cinemagram will also serve as one of those instantly impressive apps you can use to show off your phone. The Cinemagram site offers a selection of some of the best images made by users, and this is some mind-bending stuff.

Cinemagram makes these bizarre but amazing images by having users take a still snapshot, then filming a short video clip. By combining the two files, the app will animate a small area of the image and spit out an animated GIF. The images use a lot of frames, so you're looking at between 1-2MB each. Cinemagram also supports Instagram-style filters and sharing to various social media hubs.

Cinemagram is free on iOS, so hopefully Android users will get a similar treatment when the app is ready. I for one can't wait to see what the larger Android community can come up with. We can be a creative lot.


Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

He's the author of a sci-fi novel called The Crooked City, which is available on Amazon and Google Play. http://goo.gl/WQIXBM

  • Baris Bicer

    I didn't know that was an app! I can't wait for this, I've always wanted to make one of these.

  • SS

    This is awesome. We are finally seeing major iOS developers bring their apps to Android. Can't wait to see what the Play store looks like in a year!

  • Marc

    Forget Instagram... now THIS is something I can have fun with.

  • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

    The middle image is my favorite. I loled pretty hard when I saw it.

  • Jon

    Oh pleaase Facebook, don't buy this.

  • Nick DeSousa

    Instagram is a joke. We have enough filter apps and we don't need some fake new-age flikr. Cinemagram is where it's at! A billion dollars can't buy a spot on my phone, but real innovation and some good fun? I'd buy that any day.

  • David

    I'd love to have the ability to make it as a live wallpaper.
    Not only it will be so freaking awesome, I also can wait for those stupid "Ew" comments, just so I can reply "Ew! You can't use it as a wallpaper! Ew!"

    • Dllem

      David - you can already make animated GIFs live wallpaper. A quick search found "AnimGIF Live Wallpaper 2". Save any of the GIFs above and load them into that program. Cool idea...

  • lolwut

    Afraid to install this because suckerberg may buy it!

  • Bazar6

    Now this would be awesome... and I don't think we'd have to worry about facebook buying it up because they don't support animated gifs on the site (or even pngs with transparency) [at least they didn't last time I attempted to upload one]

    Is there also a social network aspect to it as well, like Instagram? I'm going to use it either way, was just curious tho.

  • Mojahid Ali

    I envy my iOS friends because of this app... but not for so long. Let's hope it's sooner rather than later.

  • MrMiniwheat

    Let's hope this app will be available faster than Instagr.am for Android...

  • Babypixie

    When will cinemegram for android be released?

  • Nitty Roberts

    Just let me know which Androids will be fully function with the app, so I can figure out my next phone purchase. The app sounds Great & very interesting. Sprint Network

  • lavashia

    Hey how come everything comes to apple first Androids ate way better..!!!

  • Zer0w

    Well there's something like already out for Android, it's called Fotodanz.

    It's pretty much the same, only this one is better because you can redo stuff.

    for ex.
    If you select a part and did it wrong you double tap removing that selected part.

    and you can record 5 or 3 seconds.