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    Date: 24 Sep 2018
    Author: Eray R
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    In this article, we are going to cover the newly released Instagram features for the month of September. We separated them into three categories as follows:

    Released

    • GIFs in Direct
    • Tagging for video posts
    • Emoji bar in the comments section
    • 'Rate the app on the Play Store' pop-up
    • Mention stickers
    • ‘Stars’ are now called ‘Flags’
    • New superzoom effects. You can read our special article covering those.

    In testing

    • Stories Highlight stickers.
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    Date: 07 Sep 2018
    Author: Eray R
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    If you need a refresher, Instagram has added the 'Superzoom' feature back in 2017. They were intended to let you make your Stories flashy by adding some very creative zoom effects on top of your videos.

    Now, there are 9 new 'Superzoom' effects, bumping the total number of them up to 10. You can add them to your 'Stories' too.

    • The first new effect is called 'Hearts' and it adds floating pink hearts as an overlay and a romantic music to your short video.
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    Date: 24 Aug 2018
    Author: Alexey S
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    UPD: looks like this feature was rolled out to all clients.

    As I mentioned in Twitter, this time Instagram got a complete new UX element. This side-bar can be easily swiped from the right so you don't need to move your finger to the top of your screen. I would assume that they want to check if these menus will perform better in case if you will have an easier access to them.

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    Date: 20 Aug 2018
    Author: Eray R
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    If you have issues with Instagram on your Android device and you were looking for a way to get them sorted out, you are in the right place. In this article, we are going to guide you how to report bugs for the Instagram app. Here are the steps:

    1. Open the Instagram app.
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    Date: 16 Aug 2018
    Author: Alexey S
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    UPDATE: And now this feature is gone and not available anymore.

    In the recent Instagram v60.0.0.0.27 I received a new nametag button to my profile page. It looks like a barcode scanner icon and it is located next to the archived posts icon on top.

    Check this guide on how to join Instagram Alpha or Beta if you want to get new features earlier.

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    Date: 15 Aug 2018
    Author: Eray R
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    Today, Instagram is rolling out polls through direct messages for some users. So, it lets you add the same poll sticker as you do in your stories, but now you can select who you want it to be sent to. You can also send them in group chats, but keep in mind that everyone in the group can vote and see the results right away. It's useful when you want to poll a small group of people, like your family members for a dinner party, or something similar.

    Instagram wants its users to engage a lot with each other, and that's why it feels like it is trying to become a new ask.fm replacement.

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    Date: 07 Aug 2018
    Author: Eray R
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    This time, the popular social media app has gotten some improvements regarding the stickers feature. More precisely about their quality. As you already know, Instagram has GIF stickers, which you can add to your Stories, but sadly, they were lacking in terms of quality when you try to scale them up. The good news is that now in the latest server-side changes they are adding high-quality scalable GIFs so that whenever you use an animated sticker for your Story, it won't look blurry. Keep in mind that it's still in testing phase so you may not get it right away.

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    Date: 02 Aug 2018
    Author: Eray R
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    Instagram is doing server-side tests with swapped profile and DM icons, and a new emoji row in the comments section.

    The DM icon is currently on the top right, while the profile icon is on the bottom right. It's understandable why Instagram does swap them - because people use the DMs more often than the profile switching. But this can also annoy some people because they will have to train their muscle memory to get along with the new changes.

    If you have only one account, you'll see the old icon for the profile tab, but if you have multiple accounts - there is a new icon with two people in it.

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    Date: 19 Jul 2018
    Author: Alexey S
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    I found a rare bug which I would like to report to Instagram dev. For those who interested - please check how to fill a proper bug report 📲

    Environment:

    Google Pixel XL2, Android 8.1, Fast Wi-Fi network.

    Application:

    Instagram Alpha 56.0.0.0.29

    Steps to reproduce:

    • Open stories > take a picture
    • Tap on the stickers button > select GIF option
    • Type "developers" in the search box

    Actual result:

    App crashes with

    FATAL EXCEPTION: main

    ``` AndroidRuntime: java.lang.NullPointerException:

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    Date: 14 Jul 2018
    Author: Alexey S
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    In the latest Alpha, you can find several new features which were discovered by beta_previewer.

    Unofficial changelog:

    • Users can now delete notifications from the notifications tab.

    If you want to try this feature you will need to open notifications tab and hold a notification entry. You will see a popup menu with "delete" button.

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