In the past, Instagram used to launch standalone apps for some of its features such as Boomerang that lets you create loopable videos/GIFs, and Hyperlapse which is basically timelapse with motion. Both those features have since been integrated into the main Instagram app.
So much so that it doesn’t really come as a complete surprise to learn that Instagram might have quietly killed off both its Boomerang and Hyperlapse standalone apps. This is according to several tweets in which it was discovered that both apps are no longer searchable in the app stores they were available in (direct links appear to work though).
Also missing from Play Store! 👀 pic.twitter.com/q6rNmMVdIl
— ㆅ (@WFBrother) March 7, 2022
This means that if you didn’t have either app already installed on your phone, you won’t be able to access it anymore. Instead, you would have to go through the Instagram app itself to access those features. It’s not a particularly big deal, but having the standalone app made it easier if you just needed to create a simple Boomerang or Hyperlapse, but at the same time we understand why Instagram might have discontinued the standalone apps.
Instead, it seems that the only standalone apps from Instagram that are still available, apart from the main app, is IGTV and Layout, but we wouldn’t be shocked if those were eventually discontinued as well.
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