One year after launching on Android to a not-so-warm-welcoming from iOS users, Instagram for our favorite platform now accounts for half of the photo-sharing app’s usage. Since launch, we have seen the service hit the 1 million download mark within a day, reach agreement to be acquired by Facebook for $1 billion, and momentarily scare the hell out of users after changing up their ToS. It’s been an event-filled year, but one the company will likely consider a success. Thus far, they have managed to stay true to their roots even though they are owned by one of the largest tech companies in the world.
For me personally, Instagram is still the only social network I use on a regular basis outside of work. Simple square pictures, in my opinion, are so much more enjoyable to consume on a casual level than the personal status updates and political/religious/opinion link sharing that floods the likes of Facebook or Google+.
What about you, is Instagram a part of your life one year in?
Yesterday, we saw what we believe to be the first ever picture of the white Nexus 4. It featured the Nexus logo, camera, flash, and Crystal Reflection back as one would expect, giving us little reason to assume that it’s anything but real. But why have no others surfaced? Well, thankfully another has, via Vietnamese site Tinhte. In a full hands-on gallery at what appears to be a dinner table, we get the best look yet of this pale beauty. (more…)
So, you got a fancy new Android phone for the holidays! Congratulations! Now that you’re all set up, the only thing left to do is find the best apps and start having some fun. Google Play offers thousands of different applications and games to choose from, so without getting lost looking through countless pages of apps, allow us to drop some knowledge on you.
These are our top 10 recommendations to get you started with Android. (more…)
Instagram’s Android app received an update this morning, one that introduced a new “Mayfair” filter and Facebook sharing to Pages. The changelog for the update also says that there are performance enhancements and bug fixes, along with support for 25 languages.
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Given all of this attention surrounding Instagram’s latest Terms of Service update, the company’s co-founder Kevin Systrom, has taken to their official blog to set the facts straight. In a detailed message to concerned users, Systrom points out that they realize artists and hobbyists alike use their service and by no means is Instagram trying to sell off anybody’s work. (more…)
Instagram’s move to no longer support Twitter cards was not an act of war. More importantly, according to Instagram’s CEO, it was not a move influenced by Instagram’s new owner, Facebook. You can choose to buy into the hype that Instagram is fighting against Twitter so that Facebook will win a numbers war it has already won, or you can consider what Instagram is accomplishing by doing this.
(Sam Elliot voice.) The battle of filters. Instagram and Twitter. Both receiving updates. Who will push beyond photo boundaries? Defy the social networks? Bring the the “Like” and “Retweet” buttons to their knees? The road doesn’t end here, this is only the beginning. RAM…errr…
Anyways, both Twitter and Instagram did receive updates this afternoon. Instagram introduced a new filter called “Willow,” that to me, just looks black and white. Twitter on the other, included filters into their app for the first time, something we have been expecting. There are eight of these lovely little image enhancers, along with auto-fix and crop actions. And yeah, that’s pretty much that. Both updates are available, so hit up the links below so that your world can become vintage. (more…)