Instagram and Waze Hit Windows Phone 8, Photo App Lacks Some Features

Mihir Patkar 23-11-2013

Microsoft had promised last month Instagram Finally Coming To Windows Phone, Along With Maxthon & Others Nokia announced something many Windows Phone users have been waiting for: an official Instagram app is going to hit the Windows Store "in the coming few weeks". Read More that Instagram would soon be coming to Windows Phone 8 and it’s finally delivered, with the social photo-sharing app now available for free download. And along with that, traffic update app Waze has also made it to the Windows Store.




Instagram for Windows Phone lacks a few features, specifically an in-app camera. It’s not that big a deal though. The app has a link to your phone’s built-in camera app; click a photo with that and you are transferred back to the Instagram app to apply a filter. So while it’s not an “all-in-one” solution, it gets the job done without much fuss.

There is one big missing feature though: videos. You can’t shoot videos and upload them later to Instagram, nor can you use the in-app link to do that. Instagram for Windows Phone 8 does not support videos at the time of writing, which is a major miss.

The rest of Instagram’s features stay intact, such as the full set of filters including XPro-II, Earlybird, Rise, Amaro, Hudson, Lo-fi, Sutro, Toaster, Brannan, Inkwell, Walden, Hefe, Nashville, 1977, and more. You can also like and comment as you always would, but there is no option to tag other users.

The app is still in beta, so the missing features should hopefully come soon. You can download it from the Windows Store. If this is your first foray with Instagram, here are some top tips for newbies New To Instagram? Top Tips For Newbies When you’re getting started on Instagram, there are a few tips and tricks to bear in mind to make sure that you hit the ground running. The popular app is part photo-sharing site and part... Read More .




Meanwhile, popular traffic update service Waze has also made it to Windows Phone 8 now. Waze is a social GPS for commutes Waze: A Social GPS For Your Daily Commute [iOS] Out of all the navigation apps that are currently on the market, Waze may very well have the best concept. The only catch is that it doesn't have a "big name" backing it (like Google... Read More , turning your device into a reporter of traffic and showing you updates about the traffic situation by using other phones running Waze.

“For example, you can both report accidents and hazards and see road problems on your route. Community-shared fuel prices make it easy to pinpoint the cheapest gas station. With Waze riding shotgun, it’s also fun and simple to meet up and coordinate with friends on the road,” Microsoft wrote in its blog.

Waze is available for free download from the Windows Store.

Source: Windows blog, CNET

Related topics: Instagram, Maps, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 8.

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  1. Samit T
    November 26, 2013 at 3:04 am

    now waiting for temple run 2....I read it somewhere it will come xbox integration....I hope it is true :)