Instagram Ups Its Sticker Game
Instagram today rolled out new sticker tools meant to help people be more creative in their posts and stories. First up is the ability to turn your selfie into its own sticker. Instagram says the latest version of its mobile app lets people capture mini selfies, apply frames, and use the framed selfie as a sticker on posts. The selfie sticker can be resized, moved around, and enhanced with other tools. Selfie stickers can also be pinned to videos, including those shot with Boomerang. The new Instagram adds four more geostickers so people in Chicago, London, Madrid, and Tokyo can dress up their posts with artwork and themes related to those cities. Geostickers are interactive, so people who watch a story can tap the sticker to see the location page. Last, Instagram is making it easier to find stickers thanks to a new shortcut. The tool will pop up users' most recently used stickers for quick access. The new version of Instagram is available for Android and iOS devices.
Instagram Adds Geostickers to Stories
Instagram has taken a page from Snapchat and given users in New York City and Jakarta access to geostickers for their stories. Instagram says more than a dozen location-specific stickers are available for the two cities, allowing people to add context to their stories.
Instagram Debuts Advanced Portrait Mode
Instagram today announced a new feature that makes it easier to capture artistic selfies or portraits. The tool, called Focus, lets people take pictures or video of people using either the front or rear camera with gently blurred backgrounds.
Instagram Adds Photo and Video Replies to Stories
Instagram today made it possible to use photos or videos to reply to friends' stories. Users will need to tap the new camera button while watching a story to record a new image or video.
Instagram Opens Up Entire Camera Roll to Stories
Instagram today said people will be able to add older photos to their ephemeral stories. Before today's update, only photos captured within the previous 24 hours could be added to stories.