Instagram is reportedly testing ability to import photos from Google Photos

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Instagram for Android is reportedly testing the ability to import your photos from Google Photos. Though, this is not exactly something new because users can already import their photos from Google Photos, the difference, however, is that a shortcut is now being added to make it faster and easier.

Reverse Engineer Jane Manchun Wong posted a screenshot on Twitter showing the new integration, which by the way will be a welcome one for every user out there. Wong did not provide any timeline as to when the update will be available to everyone, but given her past records of being spot on with stories like this one, it could be anytime soon.

Of course, it is a small update, but one that will speed up the process of importing your favorite photos one of the world’s most popular photo apps. For Instagram and Google, it is a partnership that will be beneficial to all parties given that both companies are edging the competition in their various markets.

Instagram seems to be very busy this holiday season—Wong posted another screenshot showing a new IGTV UI being tested by the photo-sharing app. Still, there is no information on when or whether any of these tests will be graduated to complete roll out. That said, it will be a great idea to see these new features roll out before the holiday season is over.

Away from features that are still being tested to one that has already being launched by Instagram. The Facebook subsidiary had last week added some new features to its version of Stories—countdown sticker, and question stickers. The new stickers can be used in Live Videos and to share music recommendations. For the records, Instagram continues to add series of features to Stories as it seeks to reinvent a feature it copied from Snapchat.

The question sticker for one, will be very helpful to users considering the fact that they now respond to questions with music. Users can now choose to respond with a message or share a song to their story. When a song is shared, it opens up the camera for the user to take a photo or video as the music plays in the background. Instagram has now added new camera effects that will respond to music being played.

To better organize Q&A interactions, the ephemeral photo-sharing app is also adding question stickers to Live Videos. Questions chosen by a user streaming will be shown on-screen so that everyone can see which one of them is being answered. Questions can be asked before or during the Live Video, while streamers can now share photos and videos from their camera roll to their live video.

As the name suggests, countdown stickers are interactive stickers within stories that allows you to count down to an upcoming moment. Your friends will have the opportunity to tap the countdown to follow or share it to their own stories, and they will be notified when the countdown ends.


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Author: Ola Ric

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