Instagram users in regions where internet connectivity is low will now be able to access the services even while offline. The company on Tuesday announced that it has built support for using most of its features without Internet access, reports TechCrunch.
The company made this known on Tuesday during its F8 conference—announcing that much of its functionality on the Android version of the app will now be available even without internet connection. Though, the company said an iOS version of the same functionalities is also being considered; more will still be added to the Android version, which by the way is the preferred OS in the developing world.
This is how it works according to an Instagram engineer, Hendri: You will be able to see content previously loaded in your Instagram field while you were online. However, you will be able to view all activities that took place on your Instagram field as soon as you reconnect. Activities such as likes, unfollow, comments, and uploaded media can be viewed as soon as you get back online. You will also be able to view previously visited profiles of people among other things.
It’s one of the smartest things to do; and could help boost an app that is already becoming the toast of many users across the world. Instagram enjoys a lot of patronage from outside the US, which explains the company’s major reason for introducing offline functionality.
Instagram reached a milestone last December when it clocked 600 million monthly active users on its platform. That indeed is a great achievement, and it’s all thanks to Stories and a few other features “copied” from Snapchat.
To think the company achieved this feat [added 100 million monthly active users] within six months is commendable; but even that is down to adding some new features. Stories for instance, a feature the company copied from Snapchat; helped the company to add a lot of users within the past few months.
A couple of days after launching its own version of Stories, publishers began flooding the Facebook-owned company.
Facebook-owned Instagram has every reason to be proud of its recent achievement. The picture-sharing app’s recently copied Stories has outperformed Snapchat’s—it now has more than 200 million daily users.
Instagram has not only copied Stories from Snapchat, it has succeeded in reinventing the feature; attracting millions of people daily. Cloned directly from Snapchat in 2016, the success story of the feature can be traced to the number of people who post update to their story or view their friends’ posts.
In March, Instagram announced that it had reached one million business sponsors monthly across its app—a figure that represents a 400-percent increase from 2016.
More and more brands are seeing its creative service. Instagram said that it’s going to improve its advertising services to help businesses in converting sales. In the roadmap, the picture-sharing app will be introducing a tool that allows consumers to book an appointment directly from their Instagram profiles.
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