Instagram is gearing up to take on Vine by offering a new video sharing service, according to a source familiar with the plans. The move is expected to be announced on Thursday, June 20, during a mysterious Facebook press event at its headquarters in Menlo Park, California.
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When Vine began posting job listings for Android developers, we had a feeling it wouldn’t be long before the app’s exclusivity to iOS was broken and it was introduced to Google Play. Now the app’s creators have confirmed that the popular video sharing service will be coming to Android “soon.”
Despite support for just a small handful of Android smartphones, Facebook Home has already surpassed half a million downloads in just nine days. The new launcher first became available to download through Google Play on April 12, and it appears those with supported devices are keen to try it out.
There are a couple of cross-platform messaging apps that will help you bridge the divide between your friends on iOS and Android, but over the last year, WhatsApp has become the most popular option, and it’s caught the attention of Google.
A new report claims that Google is in talks to buy WhatsApp for $1 billion, but the talks have been going on for four or five weeks and haven’t been finalized yet.
The App Store and Google Play continued to drive mobile app downloads during the first quarter of 2013, while BlackBerry World and the Windows Phone Store remain “distant challengers.”
That’s according to the latest figures from Canalys, which say a whopping 13.4 billion apps were downloaded across these four stores over the last three months, raking in $2.2 billion in app sales, in-app purchases, and subscriptions.
While Google’s Android platform may be the biggest rival to iOS, the search giant is happy to support users who choose Apple’s device. In fact, thanks to apps like YouTube and Google Maps, Google is the App Store’s top publisher, beating Apple on its own turf.
Samsung has introduced a new Wi-Fi only Galaxy Camera that drops its 3G/4G data connection in an effort to become more affordable. Like the original Galaxy Camera, this model runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, with access to a more than 700,000 apps from the Google Play store. It also has all the same hardware, including a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, a 23mm wide-angle lens, and 21x optical zoom.
This day was bound to come sooner or later, and finally, it has arrived. You no longer have to pull out your iPhone when you’re at work if you want to check your Instagram feed to see all your friend’s latest pictures. You can do it all on the web.
When you go to your Instagram.com page and sign in you’ll now see all the photos that would appear in your stream like it would if you were using a smartphone.
Instagram has generated quite a bit of negative press in recent weeks since the Facebook-owned photography app updated its terms and conditions with some hairy verbiage regarding content ownership. Things have died down more recently since Instagram clarified its policies regarding how users’ photos can be used in advertisements.
Many assumed that legions of disgruntled Instagram users had jumped ship over the past month, but the social network has released its usage statistics for the first time to squash any concerns.
Remember when you used to take the film out of your camera, head to the nearest drugstore and drop it off, do a little shopping or grab a coffee, and then return one hour later to pick up your printed photographs?
This process was fraught with possible problems – you might end up paying to process a blank film, or for prints of out-of-focus, unusable photos – but it was also pretty exciting.
With Printicular, you can now experience all the good parts and none of the bad. The app lets you print your photos at the local Walgreens, and the latest update has added support for Instagram.