Updated · May 20, 2022
Instagram Pulls Boomerang and Hyperlapse from App Store and Google Play
Updated · Mar 08, 2022
Instagram quietly discontinued both standalone apps, withdrawing them from the major app stores.
Social media platform Instagram has removed two of its standalone apps from the app stores. Both the Boomerang and Hyperlapse apps will no longer be available.
Instagram did not make an announcement until users noticed the withdrawals. However, it gave an update on Monday evening.
“We’ve removed support for the standalone Boomerang and Hyperlapse apps to better focus our efforts on the main app,” said spokesperson Christine Pai. “We’ll continue working on new ways for people to be creative and have fun on Instagram.”
According to Pai, Boomerang will remain as a feature on Instagram Stories.
In recent times, Meta has dedicated efforts to revamping its main platforms, removing the need for fringe apps. Last week, Instagram announced the discontinuation of IGTV, the standalone app created to rival video-sharing leader, YouTube. Instead, it said it would work on improving video creation and discovery on the main app.
First launched in 2015, Boomerang allowed users to create six-second looping videos that resembled animated GIFs. It enjoyed some popularity, racking up hundreds of millions of downloads from the Android and iOS app stores.
Hyperlapse, on the other hand, was only available on iOS where it amassed over 23 million downloads. It allowed people to harness the image stabilization features of their iPhones to make timelapse videos. Instagram released Hyperlapse in 2014.
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