Facebook Closes Instagram Acquisition
Facebook today announced that it has closed its acquisition of Instagram. The value of the deal was originally $1 billion, but has since dropped due to the decline in Facebook's stock price. A final value on the deal has not been disclosed. Facebook and Instagram both say that the existing applications for Android and iOS will not be changed, and that "a better Instagram for everyone" is in the works. Instagram lets iPhone and Android device owners take, edit, and share photos.
Sharing Photos to Instagram from the iPhone Just Got Easier
Instagram has updated its iOS application with an important new feature that will improve the picture-sharing experience. Instagram version 8.2 enables share extensions, which make it possible to share photos to Instagram from within other apps.
Instagram for Windows Grabs Huge Update
Facebook today announced three new apps for the Windows 10 platform, including a proper Instagram app for phones, and dedicated Facebook and Messenger apps for desktops. The Instagram app for Windows 10 Mobile includes features that have long been available only to the Android and iOS apps, including Instagram Direct, videos, the Explore tab, and more.
Instagram Stories to Show Up In Explore Tab
Instagram today said it will begin to show Instagram Stories under the Explore tab in its mobile app. Instagram Stories, which are ephemeral like Snapchat posts, let people share everyday moments as photos and/or video clips strung together.
Instagram Debuts Private Collections
Instagram today made saving groups of photos more appealing through a new collections tool. Until today, users could only bookmark favorite photos for later.
Instagram Rolls Out Disappearing Stories
Instagram today announced Instagram Stories, a new way to share photos and videos that is similar to Snapchat's Stories. With Stories, Instagram users can post as many photos and videos as they want throughout the day and customize them with text, stickers, and drawing tools.