Instagram remains the preeminent image-based social network; it recently added the “Stories” feature, and is now making this specific feature even better rounded.
The latest build adds stickers and more.
Per Google Play:
We have new features for Instagram Stories!
• Stickers: No matter where you are or what you’re up to, add context to your story with stickers.
• Holiday Fun: Make your story more festive with holiday stickers.
• Hands-Free Video: A new option in the format picker lets you record a video without having to press and hold.
• Text Enhancements: Add as much text as you’d like to a photo or video.
Facebook, for all the familiality it engenders, can still be a pretty rough place. It has become a melting pot for interesting pronouncements and scary prognostications — and that is before you add election cycles into the mix.
Friendly is a Facebook client that looks to cut through a lot of the unwanted noise, and present Facebook to you the way you want Facebook presented: in a friendlier way.
Friendly’s signature feature is a nifty keyword filter; it can be used to filter out posts that contain certain words of phrases. So, if posts containing “Smokey Bear” get your goat, you can then get posts and stories containing it to not appear on your feed.
But wait… there’s more…
The filter works both ways. It is also possible to highlight search terms you want to see more of. SO, if “Vader” makes you smile uncontrollably, you can get more posts related to the dark side of the force to show up in your feed.
And still more…
The app also consolidates Facebook, Facebook Messenger and Instagram into one application. It includes sorting, fingerprint authentication, no location checks, multi-account support, customization and more. Correction: Instagram integration is not yet present on Android, but is coming soon.
Friendly App Studio co-founder Stephane Philipakis is happy the former iOS exclusive is now on Android as well. “We’re thrilled to make Friendly available to Android users,” he says. “It’s no secret that people’s news feeds have become ‘heated’ during this election year. We’re confident that the Keyword Filtering feature can restore balance to the news feed — and bring peace back to Facebook walls everywhere.”
Friendly is available now, for free plus optional in-app purchasing, on Google Play.
Everyone’s favorite filtering and image-sharing app Instagram is getting a locale-based update.
Announcing a new video channel on Explore that lets you experience events as they happen around the world. This channel collects the best videos from concerts, sporting events and more so you can feel like you’re in the front row. This update to Explore is currently available only in the United States
Great news for Android users that manage multiple Instagram accounts: the image-sharing social network now supports multiple users via its mobile app.
This means folks who, say, have work and or personal accounts, or a private/professional one, or even multiple people who share a device (to mention a few hypothetical scenarios) don’t need to bother with the relatively tedious signing in and signing out process to access alternative and secondary accounts on the go.
It looks as though the new tweak supports up to five accounts.
Weâ€™re excited to bring you an update to Instagram Direct!
â€¢ Now you can share posts you see on Instagram as messages. Just tap the arrow under the post.
â€¢ Send photos, videos and text messages back and forth to keep conversations going.
â€¢ Name group conversations so they’re easy to find.
Instagram’s newest app lets you create fun, one-of-a-kind layouts by remixing your own photos and sharing them with your friends.
Choose photos from your camera roll use the built-in Photo Booth to take spur-of-the-moment shots and instantly see them laid out in various combinations. Pick the layout you like best, then edit it to make it your own.
Layout’s smooth, intuitive process gives you complete creative control. Tap to mirror, flip or replace images, hold and drag to swap them, pinch to zoom in or out, or pull the handles to resize. You’re the editor, so get creative, tell a story, show off an outfit or just splice, dice and change the look of your regular photos to convey a mood or theme.
* Re-mix up to 9 of your photos at a time to create fun, personalized layouts.
* Use the Faces tab to quickly find photos with people in them.
* Capture the moment in Photo Booth mode with quick, spontaneous shots.
* Save your layouts to your camera roll and share them seamlessly to Instagram or other networks.
* Easily see the last 30 photos you’ve selected in the Recents tab.
* Pair your layouts with Instagram’s filters and creative tools afterwards to make them stand out even more.
* Download and start creating immediately. No signup or account required and no clutter breaking up your flow.
If Instagram isn’t enough for you, here’s an app that lets anyone shoot 1080p videos and then add vintage effects and “dirt” to them, making them look like old-timey footage. The app also serves as a video sharing site, with much larger video lengths available for subscribers, unlike, say, Vine. Download it from here: iSupr8 Vintage Video Camera on Google Play.
After realizing that it was probably cheaper to build a messaging system for itself than paying $3 billion for Snapchat, Instagram has introduced Instagram Direct, a way to send picture messages directly to another Instagram user, or users. Just share a photo in the normal way, then choose to share Direct instead of to Followers. It’s possible to send to multiple people, not just one person. The app update is available now.
Instagram has gotten a 4.1 update that adds in a big new feature: the ability to import video in to the app. This means that video uploads can come from other apps, the built-in camera, or from other pre-edited sources. This is a feature that Vine doesn’t support, and may be used by advertisers to upload ad spots. As well, Ice Cream Sandwich devices can now upload video. The update is available now on Google Play.