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Instagram is apparently working on its own portrait mode

In the world of smartphone trends, one that's exploded over the past year is portrait mode for cameras. Apple was the first to really popularize this with the iPhone 7 Plus, and soon after its release, we saw Google, Samsung, Motorola and countless other OEMs follow suit.

Now, according to a file found within the APK for Instagram's Android app, the popular photo-sharing service will soon be getting its own portrait mode, too.

The file in question is a .png one that's labeled portait_shutter_icon. It shows the outline of a person with Instagram's colors around it, and it looks like an icon you'd find on Instagram's capture page next to its Boomerang and Superzoom shooting modes.

We aren't sure just yet about the specifics for Instagram's portrait mode, but if it's like what we've seen so far in the industry, it'll likely blur out the background around subjects you take photos of to create for more professional-looking shots. I'm guessing the portrait effect will be made via software, and while we've seen good results of this method with the Google Pixel 2, I'm a bit skeptical of how this will translate to an app that's used by thousands of different Android phones.

In addition to this portrait mode, we also recently caught wind of unannounced video and voice calling services that are being developed for Instagram. A portrait mode is certainly more of a core photo-capturing feature, but even so, it's clear that there are big things in the work for the app this year.

Snapchat, the ball is now in your court.

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Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.

7 Comments
  • No surprise, of course Apple popularizes everything they release even if they weren't the first.
  • Basically. Once again, a completely pointless feature needs to be duplicated by every tech company out there because Apple did it. I will never use portrait mode on my phone, let alone instagram.
  • Folks still use Instagram? Dropped it years ago
  • Nope, no one else uses it. Once you dropped it, there was just no point anymore. You were the only thing holding the whole service together.
  • 😂😂😂😂 omg I died
  • How are they spending all their resources on features and gimmicks no one asked for but they can't give us the option to toggle chronological order on or this new algorithm they're using? You break something that wasn't broke and add all these new "features." Give me a break.
  • And why does fake portrait mode make shots look professional? Everyone knows it's fake...