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Instagram changes Android design and makes app "twice as fast"


News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday March 11, 2014.

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Instagram for Android 5
Instagram for Android 5

Instagram is approaching the two year anniversary of its debut on Android, and the company is today introducing some changes to make the app move faster than it has in the past. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing service now says that the app is so much faster and more responsive that a profile screen will load twice as fast as before. Images in the main feed load faster too, but the nature of having to download photos to the device means that network speed (cellular vs. Wi-Fi) will still play a role in how quickly the app moves.

The increased speed of Instagram isn't surprising given that the size of the app has been cut in half from it's old size of 19.91 MB. Instagram has also flattened the user interface and made some of the buttons thinner and easier to identify. The app is rolling out in stages now and should be available to Android users at some point today.

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Old Instagram on the left, new Instagram on the right
Old Instagram on the left, new Instagram on the right

 
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