GIFs are nothing new, but these days, they're mainstream and everywhere. That has driven big tech companies to come up with their own approaches for awkwardly animating pictures. Google automatically strings together several similar images and lets you export them as GIFs. Apple doesn't call them GIFs―they're Live Photos. Now Instagram is introducing Boomerangs, which you create using its new app called Boomerang. Read More
Instagram Direct has been the only way to privately share images and have conversations on the Facebook-owned picture-based social network for a couple of years now. The thing is, every time you want to share a new image privately, you have to start a new thread - even if you want to share something with another user you're already actively having a conversation with.
Today's update brings about a pretty big shift in the way Direct works, as it will be much more dynamic moving forward. Direct messages will now work as threaded, in-line conversations (you know, the way they should be), and new images can be quickly and easily added on-the-fly. Read More
Instagram has a reputation. It's true. Whether it's the users who constantly snap pictures of their food or the ubiquitous use of filters, something immediately comes to mind when someone mentions the social network. One major aspect of its identity, for better or worse, is about to disappear. Instagram will no longer exclusively support square imagery.
That's right, ladies and gentlemen, Instagram is finally acknowledging that cameras don't take pictures in squares. Yes, cropping is a thing, but good cropping is also part of taking a decent shot in the first place. It can be a pain to have to crop things down again. Read More
Video editing on mobile is still far from perfect - the complexity of the task and the limitations of a small touchscreen mean that getting anything done with precision is tricky. Apps with bite-sized editing like Vine are a good starting point, but we could use something to occupy the middle ground. Enter Redub, a video editing tool from developer Sumoing. It aims to bring a few much-needed tools (and an easy interface) to mobile video editing.
Sumoing first caught our attention with Repix, a better and more effective take on the Instagram formula. Redub takes the same approach to video: keep the simplicity of more limited apps... Read More
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then multiple pictures smushed together into the same square-cropped Instagram post must be like a freaking novel. Or a short story at least. The new Layout app from Instagram lets you easily create that sort of photo collage from your gallery, or take new snapshots on the spot. It's aimed at Instagram users, but you can do whatever you want with the images.
Back in December, Instagram made available some new filters for the first time since the app's arrival on Android. These new tools brought even more creative freedom (I know, that's a matter of opinion - just go with it, OK?) to the app, and most hardcore IG users surely appreciated the new options.
Today, update 6.19.0 is rolling out to Google Play, and it brings a couple of other new tools to the platform: Color and Fade. Basically, Color is a way to add a nice tint to your images, with yellow, orange, red, pink, purple, blue, cyan, and green options available. Read More
The Instagram Android app has acquired over 500 million installs, a milestone that only a few items in the Play Store can claim. The majority of them come from Google, but Instagram marks the third one from Facebook.
Facebook Messenger passed this bar back in August of last year. By the next month, the main Facebook app managed more than double that amount.
Aside from Google and Facebook, only two other companies have made it into this exclusive club, with one gaining access on a technicality. Microsoft is in, thanks to Skype. The other is Samsung, whose Push Service has managed this many installs with most users not even aware that it exists, let alone actively searching for it in the Play Store. Read More
For mobile photographers, collage apps are second only to filters in their ability to take low-res images and make them look somewhat interesting. Rather than continue to cede this area to competing apps, Instagram has decided to create its own dedicated piece of software. It's called Layout.
Layout can pull photos from your gallery or instantly arrange images as you snap them. Then you drag, resize, flip, or rotate different parts of the collage by tapping, pinching, pulling, and twisting your fingertips against the screen. Naturally users will have the option to share their creativity on their Instagram feeds.
While the app is immediately available in the Apple App Store, but it won't show up for Android for several months. Read More