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Instagram Adds 15 Second Video But Fumbles Android Updates

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The popular photo sharing social network Instagram, acquired recently by Facebook, launched an update to the app that adds the ability to post 15 second videos (much like Twitter’s Vine app). Each video posts to the Instagram network via the app, which allows users to sequentially shoot short snippets of video that the app automatically splices together into one larger video.

The launch rolled out well for iPhone uses, but Android users didn’t enjoy a smooth roll out. Many didn’t see the update available in the Google Play Store even though the text describing the app showed the new details about the video capability.

The discrepancy came from the fact that Instagram’s new features only work on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean devices or newer. Also, Instagram seems to have rolled out the update in a staggered fashion, instead of pushing it live for all users at the same time.

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The confusion frustrated many Android users who didn’t own devices capable of using the new features because their manufacturer don’t yet offer Android 4.1. Others couldn’t understand why they didn’t see the update on devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4, which does run a newer version of Android. Facebook didn’t explain the roll out. Early on they simply pasted the text of the update for iOS into the description for the update on the Google Play Store.

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Video features on Android don’t work unless the user runs Android 4.1.

Once users get the capability on iOS they will enjoy the ability to post two and half times the video length of Vine. They will also enjoy the ability to add filters to their videos, much like they can with Instagram photos. Android users who finally get to enjoy the update will get these same features, but many users report instability on Android.

Restarting the phone or tablet after installing the update could help alleviate some crashes users see. Others users reported that video wasn’t working or they could watch video but not take videos. This comes from the fact that their phone doesn’t run a new enough version of Android, so the update to version 4 of the Instagram app won’t offer the video posting feature.

Kevin loves notebooks, tablets, gadgets and photography. He grew up with computers starting out on a Vic 20 and Commodore 64. The first computer he owned himself was an 8086 Compaq Deskpro. His foray into tablet computing began when he bought a Samsung Q1 Ultra. The smartphone market opened up for him with his Palm Treo 600.

7 Comments

  1. Cris Monde

    06/28/2013 at 4:04 am

    Too bad.. My version of android is just 4.0.4 .. -_-

  2. Mia Rowe Her Boat

    06/28/2013 at 9:28 am

    I have a galaxy player 4.2 and i can’t get the update. Somebody please help!!!

    • Raekwon

      07/24/2013 at 7:06 pm

      Me to! And mines won’t work either. But if you find a way then let me know. At my email. Thanks

  3. leeling 이링♥ (@leeling1107)

    07/14/2013 at 8:09 pm

    mine is the latest s4.. at first i cld post videos.. but now its just permanently dead..

  4. kayla

    07/17/2013 at 5:25 pm

    I have a galaxy s2 and it won’t let me upload videos someone please help me

  5. mayhia

    07/20/2013 at 12:19 pm

    I have a android 4.0 and i update it and it has no video icon

  6. Noble

    07/28/2013 at 7:58 pm

    I have a Pantech Breakout… and i really want this! Maybe you could make it work…..?

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