Instagram shared an announcement on Twitter about the public availability of their new global sticker against online bullying. It seems like a follow up to the post by the Instagram team from July 2019 where they committed to "lead the fight against online bullying"
In the recent Alpha update 184.108.40.206.24, Instagram app got the ability to become dark whenever system-wide dark mode is active.
A system-wide dark mode is a new feature of Android 10 and many apps already supporting it (many, but definitely not all, Gmail is still A/B testing it on a limited set of users). The system-wide dark mode is also getting activated automatically when the user enables a battery saving mode.
Instagram to crack down on like farms, add additional lyric styles, bring back Boomerang, plus more (leaks round-up)
It has been a month since our last Instagram leak summary, so the time for a new one has clearly come. We have gone overboard trying to find as much nitty-gritty stuff over the Internet regarding upcoming feature additions and UI updates that are expected to come out to the Facebook-owned social media app. Remember that all of these are just leaks and they may not make their way into the release versions at all.
Instagram has been the one platform where all important personas reside, like influencers for example. For that reason only, a new "creators" feature has been in the works since last year by the Facebook-owned company to better accommodate them. It will offer extra perks such as in-depth analysis over their follower audience, filtering DMs, and more. Thanks to @wongmjane, there are early screenshots of this feature in the wild that let us take a sneak peek of what's to come. Please, continue reading.
Instagram to possibly add a 'Copy Profile URL' button, a seek bar for videos, and more (leaks run-down)
In the past two to three weeks juicy leaks about Instagram have plummeted on Twitter, all thanks to top leaksters like @wongmjane and @MattNavarra. According to their findings, many new user interface refinements and additional features are being tested internally by the company's developer team. Therefore, without any further delay, please, have a look at our brief feature list which contains the most exciting stuff we all shall see pretty darn soon with future updates to the app.
As you have probably noticed, every now and then we are coming up with monthly sets of exciting feature releases combined with leaks for selected Android apps. Our latest contender is Instagram, and all courtesy of @wongmjane, here are some changes and additions that we may start seeing soon.
- Ability to revert to older usernames
If someone changes his/her username, their old one will not be usable by any other account until 14 days pass, so you can revert if you have to. This should put an end to the username grabber bots sniffing around the web, as noted by @wongmjane.
- New camera UI
This renewed camera interface includes a reduction of the number of main camera modes available. They have been brought down to just three as following: 'Live', 'Normal' and 'Create.' Further changes can be spotted as now all three of the so-called modes have sub-modes displayed in a rainbow-shaped layout, which mimics the exact way DSLR camera mode switchers work. The 'Normal' mode gives you access to effects like Superzoom, while the 'Create' mode houses text and sticker options.
- Tweaked lyrics layout
Instead of using the Aveny-T font, Instagram is planning to switch to the system default typeface, so if you do not like the current one, there you go.
- Effects profile tab
Being tested is a new separate 'Effects' tab in the profile section, which does show each user's stories with AR effects applied.
- Redesigned posting page
A different section inside the Instagram app that seeks a makeover happens to be the post creation UI, with categories in the gallery displayed as cards and hashtags beneath, plus an aspect ratio changing toggle for pictures that you can hit before posting.
- Yet another profile layout remake
This new layout looks very simple and elegant in comparison with the currently used one, so they should give it a go.
- In-call video and story co-watching
This feature has clearly been changed from Facebook's Messenger app, which provides a similar thing called Watch Party.
- Search for people in the 'Likes' list
Apart from the hidden stuff on Instagram, they have actually released a 'Checkout on Instagram' feature. It is currently in beta and available to only US-based users. You can learn more about it from the official Instagram Info Center announcement post.
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Credits: Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane)
Based on the famous leakster Jane Manchun Wong's findings - the result of long reverse-engineering sessions and published on Twitter, we compiled a list, which summarizes the top five interesting new Instagram features that are being secretly tested by the company's developers for the past month. For your information, those are all for the Android version of the app only.
The features are in no particular order, so without further ado, let's proceed with the first entry in our list to the fifth:
Discovered by Jane Manchun Wong, who is a die-hard reverse engineer and a programmer, we were able to get our hands on some pretty early preview images about mostly user interface related changes that are hopefully coming soon to Instagram for Android. So, without further ado, let's proceed with the first UI change to the other surprises.
In the beginning, Instagram was a platform focused primarily on sharing images and videos, but, to my surprise, in the past couple of years it evolved a lot and became a messaging app too, sort of. After multiple updates so far, everything that is necessary for a user has been crammed in one place so you get the best of both worlds, even video calling if you need it. As they continue to borrow features from other messaging apps like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, and Telegram, the latest addition this time are voice notes.
Introducing Voice Messaging
In any message thread, tap and hold the microphone icon to start recording a voice message. Release your finger to send.
After you open a chat thread in Instagram Direct, you will notice the new microphone icon that has been added inside the text entry box located at the bottom of the screen, next to the button used to attach images. To start recording a voice message, tap and hold on the microphone button and release it when you are done. You can also swipe up to lock the recording so it keeps working, allowing you to lift up your finger from the screen and do not interrupt the process. Instead, by swiping right, you can dismiss the audio message. If it happens that you send a voice message unintentionally, you can easily delete it. Just long-press on it and then select the Unsend Message option from the menu.
Voice messages on Instagram are rolling out for all users, so make sure to keep your apps up-to-date to be the first to get all of the latest and greatest features and whatnot.
Source: Google Play
Instagram alpha 220.127.116.11.63 update with an option to make a list with your closest friends and share Stories with them
Instagram has a new alpha update on the Play Store with version number 18.104.22.168.63 that has been released on November 30, 2018. Below is the changelog for it.
We have new features and improvements!
Close Friends List: Now, you can make a close friends list and share stories with just those people. To add friends to your list, go to your profile and tap on “Close Friends” in the side menu.
Accessibility Improvements: We are automatically adding alternative text to photos on Feed, Explore and Profile so people can hear what's in the photo. We're also letting you add custom alternative text to these photos.
Close friends list
You can now make a list with all of your closest friends who have an Instagram account, and easily share Stories only with them by just a tap. The good part of it is that others will not be able to see who is on it, but your friends will know at least if they are individually a part of it. To add a friend to this particular type of a list, go to your profile section, open the side menu by tapping on the menu button at the top right and select the 'Close friends' entry. From there you can manage it, add some of the suggested people, or remove some, and more.
Instagram is adding alternative text support for photos to better describe what is on them and help more people with disabilities like vision impairment, or blindness and are forced to use a screen reading service such as Talkback from Google. Users can add custom alternative text to their photos too, which is something pretty much unheard of.
If you are not a part of the alpha program, or you cannot use the Google Play Store for some reason, you can instead sideload the APK file for this Instagram update onto your Android device by downloading it from APKMirror.
Based on recent leaks that surfaced on the web for the past month, we got inspired to make a list with the top five Instagram for Android features and changes that are highly anticipated and possibly may go live in November.
So, without further ado, here they are:
1. A new profile UI layout
A new UI layout for the 'Profile' section is in the works, with a swapped profile photo position, a bolder username text and a larger 'Edit' button. This redesign puts slightly more emphasis on the bio and the shared content of the user. It, for sure, looks a little cleaner, while still packing a ton of information.
2. A new option for reporting hacked accounts
To overcome issues with the huge amount of hacked Instagram accounts we are all witnesses of, there is a new button named 'I think it was hacked' that we shall see soon. It is part of the reasons for reporting a profile and accessible on every account from the three-dots menu - Report...
3. Countdown Sticker
You can name, set the end date and time, or make all day long the upcoming Countdown sticker for "The Gram". I certainly cannot come with a reason to use it, but who knows? Perhaps, you may set it to remind you about New Year's Eve.
4. Share Stories as links
Sharing Stories as links are being prepared, so get ready to start sharing them across the web. Also, the URL format is going to look like: https://instagram.com/stories/testingcatalog/...
5. Instagram will let Business users promote their Stories
IG is working on a paid option named "Promote", similar to Facebook's Boost, which will eventually inject business page chosen ads into your Stories queue. Page admins can also decide to auto-target user groups, identical with the parameters of their followers, and more.
Other than the five above, there was another, this time officially launched feature, which lets you share IGTV videos to your Stories that we wanted to inform you about.
Screenshots: Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane)
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:
- 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.
- Stories Highlight stickers. They allow users to turn someone else’s Stories Highlight from their profile into a sticker to overlay on their own Story.
- Quiz stickers. By using the Quiz stickers, you can make your own quizzes with designated answers, that let you verify if your followers know the right answer.
- IGTV suggestions in the ‘Explore’ tab.
- Quick replies.
- Instatags in the sidebar
- Adding hashtags to posts without including them in the post captions. There is a new separate option that is being shown dedicated for adding hashtags” underneath the caption composer and the people tagger.
- Location limiting for posts and stories (geofenced sharing). This feature may enable Instagram users to design different content and captions for different countries and languages.
Tell us which one is your favorite and are the ones in testing available for you. Until next time, bye!
Instagram is testing 9 new super cool 'Superzoom' effects and makes the emoji bar in the comments official
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. It is indeed very cheesy.
- The next one is 'Paparazzi', which mimics that photo shooting effect with a DSLR.
- The third is 'Fire' and as the name suggests, it does make things burn in flames, while a rock style music plays in the background. You may use it when you are recording a fight, or a scene full of action and anger (We do not advise you to do anything involving violence though!).
- Another one is 'Nope" and it puts a huge red cross mark in the middle of the screen - this one is self-explanatory.
- The fifth is 'Bummer' and it adds falling leaves. And maybe the most interesting one of the new 'Superzooms' is called 'Surprize'. It turns the image into a comic drawing by making things go black and white and boldens the contours of everything. These are also 'TV programme', 'Beats' and 'Bounce'. Btw, the first and original effect has been renamed to 'Dramatic'.
The next addition is the emoji bar in the comments, which was in testing for quite some time and it is finally official. It shows a total number of seven of the most used emojis by the user, and it is there to make your life easier. By how much, no one knows, but...
This is it for today geeks. Please, follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and peace out!
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. This UI change will definitely make it easier.
Additionally, the Settings icon was also moved to the bottom of this sidebar. I would imagine that it will take a couple of seconds from people who don't expect it to be there.
I also discovered one more new feature but I am not sure if it was introduced in this update. Now you can link to your IGTV videos from your story. This probably can be a good feature to promote videos from your IGTV channel.
What do you think about this new sidebar?
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:
- Open the Instagram app.
- Go to the 'Profile' page and tap on the three-dot button at the top right.
- Scroll down until you find 'Report a problem'.
- From the pop-up menu select 'Report a problem' again.
- Briefly explain the issue you are facing, or faced and add screenshots if you have any.
- Tap on the checkmark icon to send the report.
Make sure to include as much detail about the problem as possible in your report. Information like the kind of phone or tablet you were using and what you were doing when the problem occurred may help too. Also, do not forget to join Instagram beta and upvote the article.