Android doesn’t offer the APIs needed for Instagram’s Hyperlapse

Image: Instagram/Hyperlapse

Image: Instagram/Hyperlapse

Instagram today brought added more features to its new Hyperlapse app for iOS, less than a month after it made its App Store debut. And yet, an Android version is still nowhere to be seen. It’s not that Instagram doesn’t want to bring Hyperlapse to Google Play, however — it’s that Android doesn’t currently offer the APIs it requires.

Hyperlapse is a short video shooting app kind of like Vine, only users have the ability to alter the speed of their clips before they’re uploaded to Instagram. It makes for some pretty spectacular results, and it’s only going to become even more popular now that it boasts a new feature called “selfielapse.”

As its name suggests, selfielapse lets you shoot high-speed videos of your own face using your smartphone’s front-facing camera. The only problem is, like the Hyperlapse app itself, it’s not yet available on Android.

The good news is, Instagram has confirmed that it “hopes” to bring Hyperlapse to Android in the future. The bad news is, Google’s platform doesn’t currently support the necessary APIs, so it’s unclear at this point exactly how long users will have to wait for it.

Hopefully, Android L will change that this fall, but there’s no confirmation of this from Instagram, so don’t get your hopes up just yet. Whatever the case may be, it’s unlikely you’re going to see Hyperlapse on Android for a while yet.