Shortly after dropping support for the IGTV application, Instagram has removed its standalone boomerang as well as hyper-lapse apps to better focus our efforts on the main app Instagram spokesperson Christine Pai said in a statement. Boomerang is still supported in-app in stories and layout remains a standalone app in the store. We’ll continue working on the latest ways for people to be creative and have fun on Instagram.
Boomerang from Instagram launched back in 2014 and allowed users to create mini videos from a burst of 10 shots. With 301 million lifetime global downloads, the boomerang was a famous app and people were still downloading the app at the time of its removal.
Unveiled in 2014 hyper-lapse let users make professional-looking time-lapse videos and perhaps more importantly offered impressive video stabilization. Meanwhile, Instagram is introducing automatic captions to videos in the feed. They will be enabled by default for creators too.
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Auto-generated captions will initially be obtainable in select languages but Instagram hops to expand them to more languages and countries. Al at the back the captions won’t be flawless. Instagram expects the quality to continue to improve as the al learns, however.
The addition should improve ease of access for deaf and hard-of-hearing users who will have more choices for spoken word video. Producers won’t have to manually add captions themselves. However, Instagram also noted that this should watch videos with the sound off.