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.  (more…)

Holofication Nation Looks to Remodel Popular Android Apps Under the Android Design Guidelines

Android has come a long way over the years, but unfortunately for users, just because an application is released on Android at the same time as iOS, doesn’t mean that it will use all that the open platform has to offer. Google has published an Android Design Guideline as a start for developers who want to make their apps look good and handle well, but a few major developers choose to not follow the guides. The XDA group Holofication Nation is looking to change that.  (more…)

Download: Instagram Version 5.0 With IG Direct, Private Video and Photo Messenger

We know how difficult it can be waiting for a staged rollout to hit your phone, so if you are trying to download version 5.0 of Instagram from Google Play, you no longer need to wait. Version 5.0 features Instagram Direct, which allows users to send private videos and photos to each other, as well as private messages. It’s a feature many folks have been wishing and hoping to see come to the service, so it’s nice to finally have it arrive.  (more…)

Instagram Announces Instagram Direct, Private Video and Photo Messenger Built Into Instagram

Instagram, the filter-centric social network, took to the stage this morning before a small crowd of press to announce their latest experiment, Instagram Direct. Instagram already lets you share photos with everyone on your list, but no real option for messaging and keeping up with specific followers. Instagram Direct allows users to share photos with select groups of people to keep that inside joke a secret or share something special with a loved one.  (more…)

Snapseed Update for Android Includes HDR Scape Filter, Here are Some Samples


Earlier today, Google held a small press event to show off major changes they are making for folks who use of the company’s social network, Google+. Along with the Google+ announcements, they also showed off an update for their photo editing app called Snapseed. Google purchased this company back in September of last year, and has already made a lot of improvements to the software. Introduced today is a brand new filter called HDR Scape, one that we have pretty much fallen in love with.  (more…)