Instagram update brings video importing and Ice Cream Sandwich compatibility


Instagram 4.1

When Instagram announced their big 4.0 update back in June, they made waves after finally introducing video, a feature rival service Vine had become known for. I mentioned several times that while this was a great new feature for social media junkies, it was still only one less than half of all Android users could partake in. This was thanks to Instagram’s Jelly Bean-only compatibility for video captures (approximately 40% of all Android users).

Today, Instagram took to their blog to announce the release of v4.1 and aside from bringing Ice Cream Sandwich users into the video recording fold, also gives users the ability to import video directly from their gallery applications. This should prove especially useful for times when carefully planning out a video just isn’t possible. Now you can simply shoot something from the hip for later sharing, and quickly get back to enjoying that awesome lunch wanted to make sure your friends knew you were eating. Videos imported from the library can also be edited for length, and square-cropped to Instagram’s standards.

Unfortunately, it looks like there is still no video stabilization for Android users as found on iOS, with Apple’s flock also getting an exclusive new photo straightening feature. Too many ‘Droids to code for, I suppose. The update hasn’t gone live just yet, but we expect that to change any minute now. Have fun!

[Instagram on Google Play]

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. I got it on my Note 2. Already uploaded a video!

  2. I got the update, noticed something different with the Playstore tough.. I think it updated recently since I noticed a checkt icon(before was like a I> icon) when I updated Instagram.. it says 4.3.10… anyone noticed this???

    1. My Play Store updated to 4.3.10 also on my Note 2. They added a Recently Updated section in My Apps and they’ve made some changes to Books and Magazines.

      1. Since I’m In Mexico, We don’t currently have the Magazines or Music Section, we do however have the Books Section of the Playstore. I should check it out.

        1. From what I got at XDA:

          *Recently Updated section – Helps to find recently updated apps without looking throughout the entire list.
          *Combined update notifications – A single notification for multiple updates rather than a separate notification for each update.
          *Book sales show full list prices – Now shows previous prices aswell as the current price.
          *Buy and Rent buttons for Movies have swapped position.
          *Wallet logo removes from next to Rent and Buy buttons.

          1. I thought the Playstore already did that * Combined Update notifications

          2. They changed the dialog to read, “Touch to update” and after they’ve been updated, they’re not all separate in your notification pull down. They’re all grouped as “recently updated”.

          3. Oh, ok that is new then.

          4. Well Its nice to know The Playstore keeps updating to leave us the users amazed as always…

  3. Anyone got an apk link for it? I can’t seem to download it here in the UK although on the app store has the changelog. I’m still on v4.0.2

  4. I just updated… nothing changed!

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      I got the update, noticed
      something different with the Playstore tough.. I think it updated
      recently since I noticed a check icon notification (before was like a
      I> icon) when I updated Instagram.. it says 4.3.10… anyone noticed

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  5. Haha just got the S4 and was so excited I could do videos on Instagram after being stuck on ICS on my Rezound. That lasted a whole day I guess.

  6. On my SIII, when I try to select a video, none of my videos are showing in the default gallery. When I use ES File Explorer to select a file I then see my videos but when I select one of them it says “unable to download file”.


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