Instagram Takes on TikTok with Reels
Instagram has launched a new feature called Reels, which are similar to Stories, but with a number of features copied from TikTok. When creating a Reel, users can add audio from the Instagram music library, add AR effects, and alter the speed of video. It also has an "align" feature to help you line up face and body position when editing clips together. Reels can be shared publicly, where a new space within Explore will help people beyond your followers discover your content. This type of algorithmic feed has been key the viral success of TikTok. Reels can also be shared more privately, like Stories. Reels has been in testing for some time in India and Brazil, but is now being launched in over 50 countries, including the US. The launch comes as Chinese-owned TikTok is under threat from the White House to sell its US operations to a US company or face a complete ban in the US market.
Jun 22, 2020
Apple has revealed iOS 14, which brings a number of new features to the OS for Apple's iPhones: Widgets : Apple has promoted Widgets to the main home screen. Just as Android has always allowed, you can now mix re-sizable widgets in with your app icons.
May 1, 2018
Instagram today revealed several new features meant to help connect and protect users that it will add over the next few months. First up is video chatting.
Dec 5, 2017
Instagram today introduced several new tools that will allow users to hold onto their fleeting stories more permanently. First, Stories Highlights let people create a featured story that can be pinned to their profile.
Nov 9, 2017
Apple today released an updated version of its Clips video application with new and fun tools to improve both the experience of using the app and the end results. The most exciting addition is Selfie Scenes, which takes advantage of the TrueDepth camera on the iPhone X to place the user inside a 360-degree, animated scene when recording selfies.
Feb 13, 2018
Google today announced a preview of AMP stories, a new tool for creators to bring content to the mobile web in a new and engaging way. AMP stories were inspired by the likes of Snapchat and Instagram, which both offer people the ability to tell on-going, ephemeral stories that others swipe through.