Even though Instagram made “hyperlapse” all the rage on iOS, they still have yet to bring the app to Android, even though the OS completely supports the functionality. Regardless, Microsoft has beat them to the punch, releasing Microsoft Hyperlapse to Google Play in beta form. (more…)
Released exclusively for iOS devices, Instagram introduced a new app called Layout this morning, enabling users to make photo collages super quickly. Much like apps such as Diptic and Photo Grid, you can place your photos into a grid, allowing you to show off multiple images in a single post on Instagram. (more…)
As a part of this job, I have the (depending on how you look at it) pleasure of setting up new Android devices more often than any normal human should. The process, which has become much easier and more automated on Lollipop, can be both tedious and exciting. On one hand, you have to sign-in to every single app all over again, but on the other, you get to start playing with a brand new phone or tablet. For the most part, the joy of using a brand new phone outweighs the 20-30 minutes it may take to set it up.
Over the years, my setup process has become much tighter, leaner, and more efficient. Instead of installing a hundred or so apps with each new device that comes across my desk, I often only install a select few apps that I can’t live without. Since I tend to spend only a couple of weeks with a phone during a review period before sending it back to its owner, I’ve realized that I probably don’t need three different Twitter apps and a package tracker and credit card managers and four different photo editors.
These days, when I setup a device, I can get get by with a group of specific apps that you wouldn’t typically find pre-installed on a phone. Obviously, I’m a huge Google services user, but those related apps are all installed before I boot a new phone for the first time. If we look outside of those (Gmail, Hangouts, Maps, etc.), here are the first 15 I install every time. (more…)
In these Google-powered beta groups, you gain access to early release versions of the application, and can then send in info to the developers, ultimately working to make the application better for everyone. (more…)
Instagram shows no sign of slowing, even after overtaking Twitter in number of users, crossing the 300 million user threshold just a few days ago. Even with that news, the Facebook-owned photo-sharing network is not resting on its laurels. Today, the Instagram team announced the release of new filters and features. (more…)