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)
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