Facebook-owned Instagram is likely to be working towards developing a new photo messaging app in order to compete with popular rivals like Snapchat. The Verge has said in a report that Instagram is likely to have mistakenly leaked the existence of a new Snapchat competitor dubbed as Bolt, which appeared on a new banner ad inside the current Instagram for Android app. Twitter user Richard Groves snapped a screenshot reading “Introducing Bolt,” promising “one tap photo messaging” and offering a link to download the free app via the Google Play Store. The link was taking the users nowhere and the banner ad vanished 15 minutes later. But by that time several late night users spotted the same message lurking in their own Instagram installations. However, a report by TechCrunch has suggested that the app could be a fictional title instead. Sarah Perez has been quoted saying that “It’s worth pointing [+more]
It seems all is not well between Twitter and Instagram. After selling itself to Facebook it has disabled integration with Twitter. The photo sharing app instagram has disabled the features that lets Twitter to properly display its photos. If you still want to share your Instagram photos on Twitter, you can do that but they won’t show on Twitter properly. “This is due to Instagram disabling its Twitter cards integration, and as a result, photos are being displayed using a pre-cards experience,” the micro blogging site added. According to thesources, the move shows the growing rivalry between Twitter and Instagram. By disabling Twitter cards, Instagram will force Twitter users to click through to its site to see the entire image, the souce added.
All is not well between Facebook and Twitter since the time former has bought the image-sharing app Instagram. As per the recent reports, Twitter is all set to answer back Facebook with the updates for its mobile apps which is going be much similar to Instagram. The update will let users apply filters for their pictures and let them share their pictures over micro blogging sites. However, Twitter has already gained so much popularity that introducing an Instagram like feature may seem unnecessary but it will surely give users an ease to share the pictures. To make the sharing on twitter trouble-free Instagram recently revealed, that it will now translate @mentions for users who have a Twitter username different from their Instagram one. According to Tech 2 “if the @mentioned user’s Instagram account is connected to Twitter, her Instagram username will show up in the image caption, while her [+more]
The good news is that the screen of the iPhone 5 has gotten taller. The bad news is that many exicting iOS apps have not been optimized for it. Netflix has been troubled with this too and developers at the movie streaming giant have been working hard to fix this problem. The Netflix app for Apple’s iPhone 5 has now been optimized to suit the taller screen as well as to work on iOS 6. While the iOS Facebook and Twitter apps were optimized from the day the phone was launched, Instagram optimized its apps earlier this week. Netflix is another leader to have made the shift quickly. It’s a lingering situation for users now, but one they are ready to wait for. Apps that have not been redesigned to suit the larger screen would go into a letterbox mode.
The rivalry in the tech race seems to be getting better with each firm hoping to outdo the other. The latest to join the league is Google who following the Facebook-Instagram acquisition has now bought Snapseed, which is a photo editing-and-sharing app. Following their own line of thought, the merge of search giant and iOS photo-sharing app was announced in a post by Vic Gandotra, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Google. Here is the link to his post on Google+ https://plus.google.com/+VicGundotra/posts Vic welcomed the Nic software and said, “We want to help our users create photos they absolutely love, and in our experience Nik does this better than anyone.” He also mentioned that Google+ now has around 400,000,000 users since its launch 12 months ago. Trying to get one-on-one with Facebook’s social expertise, Snapseed will let users edit pics and add filters. Users can also share photos on Facebook, Flickr or [+more]
Quite opposite to all speculations we have heard so far, Instagram- the famous photo sharing app won’t be seen in the Windows Phone, at least for a while. As reported in the VentureBeat, sources have revealed that developers at the photo sharing firm, now owned by Facebook, are not working on any app for Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform. Earlier, there have been many reports indicating that Instagram will be available on Windows Phone. The app is currently available on iPhone and Android. The rumors started off on blaze when Nokia released a video promo of Lumia 920, which had an Instagram for Windows Phone icon on the phone’s home screen. But that is just not the case. Maybe previously, developers at Instagram were working on to make a version for Microsoft’s mobile operating system, but as per news, the Facebook-owned firm has no plans to launch a Windows Phone app. [+more]
The deal is now official. FTC has also given its nod. The social networking site, Facebook is now the owner of photo sharing application, Instagram. After a long wait, both the companies announced on Friday that their much-awaited deal is now final. The billion dollar transaction, which now reached $736 million following the collapse of Facebook’s stocks, is now official and complete. Facebook laid out the welcome carpet for Instagram and said that the latter will continue to serve its users as effectively. Offering the photo-sharing app an opportunity to grow, Instagram has already shared 5 million photos over the network so far. It was reported by ComScore that Instagram’s website is at the 56th spot for being the most popular site in the US. It has around 22.7 million unique visitors per month, up from 16.5 million in just a month. The photo sharing site also got 80 million [+more]
Shaking a stick and becoming gorgeous was something we have seen in all fairy tales. And now with BeFunky app, shaking a stick can give you many more effects than what princess got in stories. Don’t we all just love to add funky and cool pics on our profiles, which would surely get us maximum likes and comments! Yes, we all do. Try out BeFunky app, using which you can have some serious fun with your pictures. Get creative with this photo art feature app, which is absolutely free of cost! Best described as a Photoshop, BeFunky has a plethora of photo editing effects that can let you have some fun with your personal photos. Launched in the US market, BeFunky is available for download on Android and iOS devices. This free photo-editing tool has all effects, frames, tricks, and anything else you could think of, of doing with your [+more]
Yes, Instagram’s one of the most popular photo apps worldwide, but today, we’re going to explore the world of apps beyond Instagram and look at some other great apps that can put amazing effects on your photographs. One such app on the Google Play Store is Camera ZOOM FX – probably the most extensive app in terms of effects and features for editing photos on your smartphone. This app has nearly 75 different effects that you can use on photos you click using your phone’s camera, including readymade preset options, color effects, frames, distort effects, mirror effects, and tilt-shifting. What’s better, this app even processes the images you click on full resolution, up to 8MP, so you no longer need to worry about losing clarity after applying effects. With Camera ZOOM FX, you pretty much have a mini Photoshop right in your palm as it provides overlay features for image [+more]
The US Federal Trade Commission has given a go ahead to Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram, saying that it has no antitrust issues with the deal and will let it advance further. Getting Facebook a step ahead in the deal, FTC said its commission held a unanimous voting of 5-0 to close the investigation and let the deal move on. The news was brought forward in a press release by the commission. Facebook seemed to be pleased by the FTC decision. The social networking site had bought Instagram for $1 billion in cash and company shares in April, a month before going public. However, Facebook’s shares fell, which put the final deal today at $747 million. Since photos are a key part of Facebook’s social network, it is believed that technology of Instagram would help the latter improve users’ mobile experience. Following the announcement of acquisition, Facebook even released “Facebook Camera”, [+more]