Instagram have been working on a major new update for both Apple and Android devices.
A new way to browse your photos has been added. Also there are updates to all screens to be more visually consistent and polished. To go with that there have been a few of back end tweaks to make for a faster experience.
With Photomaps your Photo Map appears on your profile and lets you showcase your photos on a map. Also, you’ll be able to see other users’ maps from their profiles as well.
This is a welcome addition for me. I love the idea of being able to track back through my photos to see where I was when I took a particular set of photos. The design and interaction that has gone into this feature is beautiful. The loading speed of the maps and photos is dependent on your connection speed and spec of your phone. Once you drill down to a particular set you are able to open up a lightbox which then allows you to go directly to the main photo. Pinch and zooming is also very fast and flexible.
You’ll be prompted to review any photos you previously geotagged before your map is visible to the public. You can also remove any photos from your map at any time.
New look for user profiles, the Explore tab, hashtag & location pages
User profile pages have had a bit of a makeover and reorg. As you can see a new tab for your photo map is now here along with larger icons. Bigger grid photos also make it easier to browse large collections.
New look for the photo upload screen
Larger captions have been introduced. This is making it alot easier to write and edit them. Geotag is optional for each photo as well as the option to name the location which taps into Foursquare I believe. Not sure if this has changed since the acquisition of Facebook. Sharing to other social networks is still in place, but with larger icons for ease of use.
As well as these features, there are a few other updates including the reporting individual comments as abuse or spam. Also, as I mentioned earlier a few under the hood updates have also been incorporated to make the app faster and smoother.
All in all I’m impressed with the updates. Photo Maps are a welcome addition and something that needed to be incorporated.
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