This Concept of Instagram With Material Design is Stunning

We are still waiting for most major Android apps to receive a Material Design makeover, so much so that we have found ourselves checking out developer concept videos on Google+. The latest comes from Emmanuel Pacamalan, who has published a very polished concept video of Instagram, redone with a Material Design layout. It looks awesome.

The overall look of Instagram with Material Design is flat, properly laid out, and perfectly utilizes the new circular button in the bottom righthand corner. Check out the video below to see the whole concept in action.  (more…)

Instagram Gets Update to Version 6.0, Brings Actual Photo Editing Capabilities

A major update is set to hit Instagram on Google Play and the App Store for iOS today. Version 6.0 introduces actual photo editing capabilities, allowing users to do much more than simply applying filters to their photos.

Starting today, users can tweak many different aspects of their work, such as the brightness, saturation, shadows, warmth, and much more.

Below, you can see the full list of improved tools, as well as newly-introduced tools for Instagram users.  (more…)

Google Joins Instagram

If you weren’t getting enough from Google’s social presence on Google+ or Twitter, then feel free to give them a follow on their newly unveiled Instagram account. Through a Tweet sent out that mentioned Google’s current celebration of the Rubik’s Cube, Google announced that it could use more squares in its life going forward and would be joining Facebook’s image-friendly social network.

Give ’em a follow.

Via:  @Google | Google (Instagram)

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…)