Instagram makes more changes, restores Windows Phone third-party app posting privileges, for now
Instagram has evidently made one more change, hopefully the last, to their API for publishing photos to the service. We can now confirm that users can upload to the network using third party apps like Instance, and that those photos are public (unlike the last change). That’s an improvement from yesterday, where posting was blocked only to return later, but with photos marked as ‘private’.
At this point, it is unclear if Instagram is reversing course out of good will or if this was part of their plan, with the side effect of monkeying with third-party apps. Regardless, if you have Instance on your Windows Phone, you should be able to directly post without any compromises. No telling how long that will last though.
A recent post via Instance to Instagram is now public
The developer behind Instance, Daniel Gary, has reportedly figured out how to embed the required information that Instagram scans in images upon posting. When that info is missing, the service deletes the photo as it is considered “foreign” (think of how antibodies work). A fix for Instance is reportedly on the way with final testing going on now, though it won’t be the anticipated version 2.0 which is still being developed. That hot-fix will be pushed to the Store as soon as possible to hopefully prevent future outages, though at the moment it appears to not be needed.
Likewise, Rudy Huyn, who is developing #6tagram for posting to the photo network, has also cracked the mysterious Instagram APIs. His app is now working, as demonstrated in a posted video, though since it is still in development the general public cannot take advantage of it quite yet. Similar to Instance, presumably when #6tagram does come out, it will be future-proofed against Instagram’s policies, should they revert back to the new API standard.
Instagram has gone on record to the press and even customers directly that they were not seeking to block third party apps, just update their security to prevent malicious posting and spam. It’s still not clear though that if the back and forth changes are related to technical adjustments on their end or if they are responding to bad press. Because of that uncertainty, the stability and continued ability to upload to Instagram is unclear. That means as soon as this article goes live, the ability could be lost again.
Users are encouraged to use apps like Oggl or Instagraph as backup, should they want to retain their posting abilities to the hipster photo network without complications.
Thanks, Rich D., for the tip!
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However, I believe this goes back further than just a few days. I started using Instance on the 21st and any picture I posted since then is now hidden to everyone. Instance never had this hidden data included in their uploads so is it not the case that every picture posted with that app is now lost?
No excuses to them, on Iphone is the same shit and bugs of WP's version. The worst app I tried on iOS so far.
For instance with the new Facebook app that Microsoft recently released, they would have gotten a lot of goodwill if they'd told us in advance they were working on it. A lot of people were complaining about the previous app, they could have saved some defectors and quited down some complaints if they'd just let us know they were working on it. I think MS would do well to be more open. Joe Belfiorie does seem to be opening up a bit lately, but he's just one man and even he does give us much.
I just don't see why all these companies feel the need to be so secretive, and that isn't just the ones listed above, a lot do it.
They came out and that they and Facebook were working together to make an official app, in the mean time, join the beta program. The better program was out for at least a couple of months before the "official" Facebook app came out recently.
I only wish some other app becomes famous by that time and when IG app is released, nobody bothers about that.
Fun Fact: Due to the kin being late to market, Verizon had changed the data rates for their plans, and in refusing to offer a lower data package for the KIN, classified it as a smartphone (and that combined with missing features [to which PMX members even said were unfinished and needed more time then what they were given to implement], caused microsoft to abandon the kin, and sadly bury some really cool features with it, such as the "spot" ui and KIN Studio, [and the RSS news reader])
Another Fun Fact: Verizon later released the KIN M series (TWOm and ONEm), which came with a slightly revised OS (which wasnt revised enough) and sold it as a feature phone (what they should of done from the start). It had no Spot UI or Studio features, but had an added calendar and youtube playback via a horrid version of IE6 mobile. In fact, some of the left over stock of the original KINs had the new software installed and were sold, and those devices, if one holds down a key combination for reset, can switch back and forth between the original OS and the slightly updated one (at the loss of data, of course, still being a reset).
B: I know none of the Danger OS code was used in the KIN OS. The kin was designed to be more of a "spiritual successor" to sidekick than a direct successor, in that it was designed to be a "hip" social networking centric device at a low cost (failed on cost). thank you for clarifying.
C. It is an interesting thought, no? what IF the kin had been better (AKA: faster processor, optimized OS, newer browser, app store.) and was available from the start for cheap? Its an interesting thought to play around with, but sadly we'll never know for sure.
i actually like the KIN2, and find some of its features way ahead of that of Windows Phone (such as the Studio for Media+Info+Social backup, which is starting to come back in a fragmented form on WP in the form of Skydrive back up, People Hub, and Outlook.com; And the spot sharing UI, which allowed easy sending of multiple media types via MMS, eMail, and Social Networks, all while using different apps system wide; Not to mention a built in RSS reader, which could of sold a number of Windows Phones alone right after Google Reader shut down; and the dashboard for easy wireless and volume control, a feature many have asked for in Windows Phone.)
They sure do seem able to have the time to cause headaches for WP8 developers, thats for sure.
There are tons of reports from HTC One and Galaxy S4 owners and they just can't or wouldn't fix it since these two devices launched months ago. I would like to see 3rd party apps like Instance or 6tagram on Android while I'm on this platform to avoid the quality issues the official app has.
Windows Phone has phones with awesome cameras I would hate to have an official app that uploads crappy pictures. Maybe when/if they release a WP app it all be good, but I won't keep my hopes up.
Update: Instagraph is giving me an error: Instagram logon service in temporarily unavailable
Usually it is a temporary issue (a couple of minutes, time for them to restart services).
I use hundreds of real cloud-virtualized ios/android devices so Instagraph is not affected by policy changes.
All developers that sell App based on sniffed API violating a company ToS has to be clear and honest with users and say their app could be broken at any moment (or revoked...), you too @rudy ;)
Anyway congrats for 6tagram, it looks just amazing :) !!!!
Exactly the same thing for you, it's very easy on android to test if the app runs on a emulator, they can add this test and disable your solution ;)
And... I dont use emulators, they simply cannot stop Instagraph by API or app change, trust me (and I have a couple of backup options too ;)