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Instagram Getting Big Update, Brings Sleeker UI and Performance Boost (Updated: With Download)

An update is hitting Google Play this morning for Instagram, version 5.1. Inside the update, users will be met with a refreshed user interface, one which is much more flat, taking cues from the iOS version of the app. By simplifying the app’s design, the developers have been able to cut the app’s size significantly, increasing the app’s speed all over the place. 

You won’t see any new filters or other editing tools in the update, but with a nice facelift, it’s as if Instagram has been given new life.

If you haven’t noticed, it doesn’t appear that advertisements on the app have been all too crazy, so maybe Facebook’s purchase of IG wasn’t the worst thing to happen. Or it could be that they’re too busy writing checks for WhatsApp.

Go grab the download off of Google Play.

Play Link

Update:  If you want the new Instagram update, here is your .apk. [Download]

Via: Instagram
  • Eva Taylor

    cant delete comments on the new update because i cant see the pencil

    • Guest

      Tap and hold comment and menu will appear where you can choose to delete comment, copy text or report abuse.

  • Fresh2infinity

    FYI: You can now copy and paste from the comments section…Finally!! no more retyping an entire caption after you realize you spelled it wrong 😀

    • Ray

      Great find

    • Chris

      I’m pretty sure you always could

  • Chris

    Looks much better. I could care less if it looks like iOS. Unless Google enforces its guidelines, we are gonna be seeing unique apps whether you like it or not.

    • So, for instance, each app should have its own version of Share icon? Or Send icon? Or its implementation of tabs, navigation drawers? Not sure why would you want people to learn things with each app, just because it wants to be “unique”.

      • Chris

        icons are a different story…..

        no point is, people bitching and crying that apps don’t look the same, or that everyone should use stock defeats the purpose of Android. Forcing everything to look and act the same seems like an Apple move and too many like your self are blinded by it.

  • Ray
    • Dave S.


  • Mike Boodoo

    Can anyone tell me if they finally stopped sucking the quality out of pictures? Been over a year now and still seeing this major issue across different devices. Turning off advanced processing or whatever that is does not help.

  • Cael

    Will it finally stop force closing on me? *rolls eyes*

  • Droid Ronin

    I ditched the official Instagram app a few months ago and been running the Holofication Nation version since.

    • Javier Rivera Carozzi

      That version works like crap. I really admire the effort, though.

      • Dave S.

        It worked fine for me, but I did notice that it wouldn’t let me do video posts. Other than that, it was smooth as could be.

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    • Dave S.

      This update feels like a nice hybrid between the previous (non-flat) version of Instagram and the clean/simple Holofication Nation version.

    • Intellectua1

      I use the iOS 7 version it looks better than the holofication one to me..

  • xzero425x

    I wish the top status bar would be immersive with the app

    • Lex_407

      Xposed Installer > Tinted Status Bar Module and bam you got immersive status bar for your apps.

      • StrictlyGeeky

        LOL wat?

      • xzero425x

        I’ll have look Into this, I think

      • Bigwavedave25

        I tried this but it messed up Nova Launcher [prime] for me on 4.4.2. Brought back the black bars on the top and bottom. I tried to disable Nova and Goog Launcher in TSB and it made my status clear (no fade), but the nav remained black. Any pointers?

  • tylerc23

    This actually looks like they took ques from the Holofication Nation guys

    • joseph barrientos

      How so? Its not holo at all.

  • The Narrator

    Good Good, instagram finally learning. Wonder if Facebook is next.

    • Chris

      wasn’t facebook gonna have a major redesign soon? The app is already on 7.0 with at least an update each day saying the same message over and over.

  • The Play Store hasn’t even propagated the update yet, still showing last update was February 26th.

    Get us an APK!

  • niko

    I don’t see update

  • Who was the APK? i checked both my devices, no update available.

    • Jeffery Keel

      I don’t think the update is actually available yet. Google Play seems to be propagating it still…

  • MacNificent

    People still use instagram?

    • crazed_z06

      I use it all the time to take post of my dog and follow hot chicks

      • MacNificent

        Aww. That’s cute. I’m more of a Google guy myself. I’ll stick with G+ and their better filters

        • evcon


        • Nathan Bryant

          The fact that you said it’s cute, & then mentioned filters explains a lot. Nothing wrong with Google Plus though.

          • MacNificent

            Lol the cutenesswas a play on words because of the dog referenceas tho they couldn’t post dog pics on g+. The filters section of my commentwas just factual.

          • Except for the fact that it still does not allow you to sort your photo albums. It’s the sole reason that keeps me from using it. With hundreds of albums spanning more than a decade, it’s a deal killer for me. Love me some Picasa though.

        • Chris

          I think everyone here are ‘Google guys” but theres absolutely nothing wrong with using other services.

        • Dave S.

          Granted, they’re not even close to being in the majority of users, but
          there are tons of talented photographers who use Instagram…if for
          nothing more than a cheap way to advertise their professional work.

          But I suppose G+ is still an excellent way for people to NOT see your photos.

      • The Narrator

        Don’t forget to get a galaxy gear and take upskirt pics too.

      • MacNificent

        Join communities. G+ has nudity and better selections

    • Chris

      of course. The world does not revolve around you.

      • MacNificent

        Haha thanks! It must be just for you. Well enjoy it and let us know how it’s going every second with your pictures