Beta update: #6tagram for Windows Phone 8 progressing nicely, aiming for a launch next week
It’s been a few days since we’ve mentioned anything about Instagram and Windows Phone, so we figured we would update you on one of the most anticipated projects: 6tagram from developer Rudy Huyn.
Starting last Friday, the app went into private beta with a few thousand lucky users getting early access to hunt down and find bugs. Since then, the app has had a steady stream of updates (sometimes two a day) as Rudy has added new features and refined any usability issues.
The app is planned, roughly, for a release next week though that’s not a guarantee. Still, at the rate at which the app is progressing and the positive feedback so far, we’re confident that the app will be making a lot of people happy.
6tagram has some unique abilities out the gate that make it stand apart from previous attempts at a third-party Instagram client. For one, it can handle video uploads in addition to viewing those videos. Instagram added video support recently (to compete against Vine) and this will be the first Windows Phone to use the quick-capture feature. Indeed it works quite well as you can see in our video tour, allowing a similar experience to how Huyn’s Vine app, 6sec, works.
Other features like Live Tile support (background agent) to keep up on new notifications, full profile support, downloading of images, and most importantly using official Instagram filters will make 6tagram a hit on day one.
For now, Huyn will continue to tidy up the app with new features coming along. While the app won’t be officially endorsed by Instagram, nor supported by them, the company is evidently prepared to look the other way and not get it pulled, which is good news for Windows Phone users.
We’ll keep you posted on when the app is set to go to the Store, but for now, you can feast your eyes on the video tour above.
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.
I hope I explained my question good enough.
ALL HAIL THE KING!
Anything less is basically free...
btw I can't mind why iUsers complain about lack of this kind of apps on WP arguing that they are "advanced users".. Come on!
I will add some cross features between 6sec and 6tagram like:
"search this hashtag on Vine"
"send this video on Vine/Instagram"
Any and all credibility gone.
You're very disrespectful for saying that Microsoft developers are a joke. Do you seriously think it's easy to get a job there?...
Microsoft has teams of developers that work on multiple apps, for multiple platforms. Rudy's apps take weeks to get to the level they are at. If you take that time and add it up for each app, each platform, Skype alone would take MONTHS to make.
Facebook is a priveledge. Facebook should be made by Facebook and not Microsoft. Be thankful you have what you have.
Rudy is just 1 guy, MS has a team of hundreds - if not thousands of developers working on apps at any time. MS has 100,000 employees. btw, not all of Microsoft's app are multi platform - in fact only few of them are. Almost never do the same teams work on all platforms as they are different languages/teams/technologies/architectures. An app, even from Microsoft, is only as good as the guy coding it.
And why should I be thankful for what I have? They can do better - I pay money and deserve the very best from Microsoft - I know they can do it. Why does facebook lag when none of Rudy's app do? have you even seen the joke of an app that MSN was on WP? Skype still lacks features. Even the most militant of Microsoft Fanboy would agree that the app situation and quality of apps in MS ecosystem needs a lot of attention - and MS is the biggest culprit in this regard. They just don't get it, Nokia does.
The article is very clear about my relation with Instagram (I'm not english, so I think that Daniel explains the situation better than me :D). 6tagram is a third app, not official app and I received no help from Instagram for the moment BUT Instagram is aware of my work , know the app, and they want to test and "approve" the app about legal stuffs (trademark, copyright, etc...). So two good news :
- We will be sure that Instagram won't ban the app
- Instagram seems to follow the windows phone activity!!!
Thank you! :)
pls pls pls...
Add me Rudy! :D
Ready, my email is email@example.com. Thank u!!!!;)
the ability to download a photo, and to flip the photo over. That touch of getting back to the top of the page without all that insane scrolling is brilliant.. Keep up the awesome work Rudy.
search preload : done in the 9.1 also :D
private : done in the beta 9 with a big lock logo
Hard to be faster :D
And, I've question, how I can see pics that I liked?
Thanks, amazing work.
Apps seems great so far. My comments would be that the "stripes" in the background are distracting and cause minor visual discomfort when scrolling slowly. Maybe an option to turn them on and off if people really like them?
Also, is there a way to preview a video before uploading it? I can't seem to figure it out.
If possible I would enjoy the oppurtunity to be a beta tester as well:
Thank you in advance,