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Instagram testing Facebook-like reactions in its Stories

Instagram testing Facebook-like reactions in its Stories

It's been over two years since Facebook first introduced reactions to go along with the famous 'Like' button, and about a year since those reactions spread to the comments section. At some point, reactions were added to Facebook Messenger as well. Now, though, Facebook is bringing them to an entirely different platform altogether: Instagram.

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Instagram finally adds adaptive icon support in latest alpha [APK Download]

Instagram finally adds adaptive icon support in latest alpha [APK Download]

Sometimes you want to get your hands on the latest build of an app because it's faster or has some important new feature. Other times, it's just because there's some nagging quirk of the app that's driving you up a wall. For example, Instagram's disinterest in adding an adaptive icon. Well, that's finally fixed in the new alpha.

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[Update: Official] Instagram adds ability to ask questions in Stories

[Update: Official] Instagram adds ability to ask questions in Stories

It seems like Instagram is in the news every other day. Highlights include its new Lite and IGTV apps, though there are several Instagram app tweaks sprinkled all throughout. Now, the Facebook-owned company has added the ability to ask questions in its Stories, a feature I'm surprised wasn't already there.

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Instagram adds 'You're All Caught Up' indicator because algorithmic timelines suck

Instagram adds 'You're All Caught Up' indicator because algorithmic timelines suck

One upon a time, Instagram had a chronological timeline, so seeing all your friends' posts was as simple as scrolling to the bottom of the feed. This changed two years ago, when Instagram switched to an algorithmic timeline that showed you 'relevant' posts first. Now the company is trying to make the timeline less terrible, with a new 'You're All Caught Up' message.

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Instagram Stories hits 400m daily users, introduces new soundtrack feature [Updated]

Instagram Stories hits 400m daily users, introduces new soundtrack feature [Updated]

If you use Instagram, there's a good chance you've tried out Stories, which lets you send timely updates to your followers in photo or video form. It's probably to blame for the waning interest in Snapchat and has had a steady stream of feature updates such as sharing from other apps. So it's not at all surprising to learn that Instagram Stories now has 400 million daily users.

With its latest new feature, which we discovered in a recent teardown, you'll be able to include a soundtrack in your Stories. It's live right away on iOS with version 51, and will soon be coming to Android.

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Instagram starts testing a Lite version of its app in Mexico [APK Download]

Instagram starts testing a Lite version of its app in Mexico [APK Download]

With mobile data getting faster and smartphones having larger storage, you'd be forgiven if you thought the need for slimmer and more efficient apps is dwindling. Quite the contrary, many developers are building bigger apps with overflowing features, which are not optimized enough for the lower-end devices and slower networks that are still found all around the world. To provide an alternative and avoid alienating this large user base, these developers are making "lite" versions of their apps — we've already seen this happen with Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, Uber, LinkedIn, Skype, Shazam, and all of Google's Go apps. Instagram is now joining the fold with its own Lite app.

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Instagram video calling, redesigned Explore tab available now

Instagram video calling, redesigned Explore tab available now

Instagram's received a considerable update. Weeks after the announcement of Direct video calling integration and testing of a redesigned Explore, the features are now officially available. Instagram has also introduced a number of new camera effects, designed by Ariana Grande, the NBA, and Buzzfeed, among others.

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Instagram announces vertical video-centric IGTV app, main app passes one billion users

Instagram announces vertical video-centric IGTV app, main app passes one billion users

Everyone loves vertical video, right? Well, we've got good news for you; Instagram has unveiled IGTV, a new video app with longer content exclusively in the beloved vertical format. Additionally, the company has just reached one billion users, which is no small feat.

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Instagram Stories will now display shopping links too

Instagram Stories will now display shopping links too

Shopping has been an increasingly noticeable aspect of the Instagram experience for a while now, especially since Facebook teamed up with BigCommerce last October to make product links even more prominent in the app's feed. The latest expansion sees shopping features infiltrate Instagram Stories, too.

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Instagram adds ability to share other people's story mentions of you into your own story

Instagram adds ability to share other people's story mentions of you into your own story

Instagram just keeps adding features that seem trivial to us, but might come in handy for the more aggressive social media users out there. Case in point: this latest feature allows for you to share a friend's story as your own story if you've been @ mentioned in that friend's story.

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