Instagram Updates to look Less “iOS-ish” – Brings a Flat Design to Android

March 11, 2014 - Written By Alexander Maxham

In April 2012, Instagram launched on Android. It outraged all the iOS users, in which case we all sat back and chuckled a bit. But we couldn’t help but notice that it looked exactly like the iOS version. Like it was simply a port. Since then we’ve gotten new features, bug fixes, etc., but no real redesign. That was until today. Instagram has just announced that they have pushed an update out to the Play Store – should be available in a couple hours – that brings a huge redesign to the Android app.

The changes, as outlined on their blog, include a faster more responsive app. According to Instagram, your profile screen now loads twice as fast, and they’ve cut the overall app size in half to increase speed throughout Instagram. Which is a big feature that’s great for low-end devices. They’ve made the app cleaner and simplified the visuals throughout the 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.

Basically what Instagram is saying is they finally care about their Android users. Now if only their parent company – Facebook – did the same thing. I’m really liking the UI on the new version of Instagram so far. If you haven’t already grabbed it from the Play Store, I suggest you head that way now and grab the update.

As much as we all use Instagram, It’s nice to see an update to the app. Especially one like this that brings in a flatter UI. The older UI, I was not that much of a fan of. It looked pretty ugly to me, but that’s just my opinion. What does everyone think about the new update to Instagram on Android?