A new Instagram update for mobile web version has been launched that enables users to upload their pictures without the app. With the rising popularity of the rival platform Snapchat, last few months have observed Instagram continuously striving to gain recognition as the global leader in the picture sharing app category.
During the recent make overs, the Instagram web page has been given an upgrade to target users who cannot download the app because of expensive data charges. The new lightweight web page for mobiles includes an explore feature along with photo sharing ability.
Features of Instagram Update
The mobile page for Instagram is now offering almost a lite-version of the main app. As a user you can now share your pictures as well – a feature that was only part of the app before. Before now, users could only Browse, Like, Follow, Search, and see Notifications on mobile app. The desktop version and mobile version both shared similar features but mobile version has now been upgraded.
Instagram has been rolling out new features in the past six months. The ‘Story Feature‘ mirroring Snapchat stories has been seen as a major breakthrough for Instagram.
What is Still Lacking from the Mobile Web Site?
The mobile version of the app is still not having these features
- Filters – Filters are still primarily only available on the main app.
- Direct Messages – Another key component that has not made the transition to mobile version.
- Video Uploads – As of now you can only upload pictures and not videos.
- Stories – You cannot update stories from the lite-mobile version.
Instagram PR people maintain that the new updates are going to make the app even more user-friendly. The Company confirmed to the team at TechCrunch:
“Instagram.com (accessed from mobile) is a web experience optimized for mobile phones. It’s designed to help people have a fuller experience on Instagram no matter what device or network they are on.”
The recent updates in the app have seen Instagram exceed performance estimations. It has added its last 100 million in 4 months after averaging 9 months per 100 million users for several years.