Bad News: Instagram Bringing Ads to Your Feed

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A whole ton of weak sauce just got poured all over your Instagram feed. Today on the company’s blog, Instagram announced that US users will soon see sponsored posts in their feeds, from brands and companies they do not follow. At first, Instagram will ensure that the photos and video advertisements will be “beautiful and high quality,” but I think in general it’s safe to say that this sucks.  (more…)

Beta Testers: Facebook Home Update Brings Support for Instagram, Pinterest, and More

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If you are part of Facebook’s Android Beta program, a new update that is rolling out today allows you to add feeds from Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Flickr to your Home lockscreen. When you wake your device, you will be greeted with great content from the folks you follow, then when you’re are done, simply unlock and continue with your day. It’s a good addition, one that Zuckerburg said was coming during his interview at Disrupt.  (more…)

Instagram Introduces Video Importing in Version 4.1, Video Recording to Ice Cream Sandwich (Updated: It’s Live)

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Instagram announced this morning that in version 4.1 of their apps on both Android and iOS, users will be able to import previously recorded video from device galleries. In the previous version that introduced video, you were only able to record video through the app, not pick and choose previously recorded clips. This new importing feature also allows you to trim the clip down and choose which section is centered in the Insta-square.

But maybe more importantly, video recording is now available on devices running Ice Cream Sandwich in this new version.

The update should be available later today.

Update:  The update is live, but appears to have employed the dreaded staged rollout method of updating an app. It’s there, but you probably can’t have it.

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Video: Hands-on With New Instagram Video on Android

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Not that it was much of a surprise after a couple of reports broke the news in the days leading up to today’s Facebook event, but yes, they announced that Instagram now has video support. Similar to what Twitter did with Vine, you can record short video clips and then share them with the world.

The new video sharing in Instagram differs a bit because you can record longer clips (up to 15 seconds), toss specially made filters on, and even choose cover art to be displayed in your timeline. I think the biggest deal for me, though, is the fact that I don’t have to open a separate app anymore to see short video clips from friends or people I choose to follow. I now have access to all of my Instagram connections within a single app that does both video and photos. Win, win. So far, the new functionality looks great, aside from a crash or two.

In the clip below, you’ll find a quick overview of the new video features, along with some timeline tips so that you aren’t surprised during a quiet dinner with grandma when your friend posts a video at a metal show (with sound).

The new version 4.0 of Instagram can be downloaded here(more…)

New Instagram With Video is Technically Live on Android

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The new Instagram with video is technically live on Google Play at this moment. What I mean by “technically,” is that we’re seeing another staged rollout, so not everyone can grab the update at once. Also, capturing videos is only supported on devices running Android 4.1 and up.

Should you be one of the lucky few to get in early on the staged rollouts, feel free to share the love in the comments.  (more…)

Facebook Announces Instagram with Video, Will be Available Day One for Android

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Today at Facebook’s small press event, Mark Zuckerburg and Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom announced Instagram with video. Yep, Instagram will now have video capabilities. Using the same app that everyone already has installed, users can record up to 15 seconds with the ability to add separate clips, just like Vine and Cinemagram. In addition, users can choose from 13 custom video filters for their clips.  (more…)