Twice As Quick, Half As Large: Instagram Updates Android App

By David Cohen 

InstagramAndroid51650Android updates are in fashion Tuesday at Facebook-owned companies, as Instagram joined WhatsApp in updating its Android application, saying that the app now loads twice as quickly and takes up half the space.

Instagram said in a post on its blog announcing the rollout of version 5.1 of its Android app:

Since first launching Instagram for Android in April 2012, we’ve come to support thousands of different Android devices of all shapes and sizes. In taking time to polish our designs, we’ve worked to make sure that Instagram feels native and at home on any Android device.

These changes mean a faster, more responsive app. Your profile screen now loads twice as fast, and we’ve cut the overall app size in half to increase speed throughout Instagram.

By making our design cleaner, we’ve also made Instagram for Android easier to use. We’ve simplified our visuals throughout our app, making use of valuable screen space for small devices and feature phones and rearranging our design to keep buttons within easy reach as you navigate the app on a larger device.

Android users: Have you updated your Instagram apps yet?