You Might Soon Be Able To Use Instagram Offline
Instagram testing new offline feature.
We've all been there, prepped and ready to post the perfect Instagram upload only to discover the internet has dropped off and the world will be deprived of another shot of your dog falling asleep on his own paws.
But never fear, because tech wizards at Instagram HQ are currently testing a much-needed feature that will eliminate the need for a strong internet connection.
The offline trend is something that Amazon Prime and Netflix have already capitalised on, tapping in on the fact users would lap up the option to download shows without eating into their data usage.
Now, according to a report from the Facebook Developers Conference, Instagram are using the same tactics to improve user experience in countries with sketchy internet access.
This is something that their sister company Facebook have already honed in on, with 200 million Facebook Lite users enjoying a more pared-down (and easily downloadable) social feed. Hoorah for them.
Instagram’s mission is to help people connect through shared experiences. 80 percent of the community is outside of the U.S., and as our platform grows, Instagram must perform across an increasing variety of devices and networks to keep people connected. For people in low-bandwidth regions, we’ve begun testing offline experiences that keep the Instagram experience consistent and let people consume and engage with content, even if they don’t have service. In this talk we’ll introduce some of our initial explorations into offline features, and share learnings you can apply to your own apps.
Even though the focus is currently on low-bandwith countries, there's no knowing what improvements in offline technology could lead to next.
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