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Popular apps Instagram and Waze launched on Windows Phone

|November 21 2013 |applications, Windows Phone 8

Instagram for Windows Phone has finally been released today, but it's not yet perfect. Users of the popular photo-sharing app will not be able to upload and capture videos, tag friends or view geotaxis as yet.

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Many initial reports said that Instagram did not offer in-app image capture, a claim that was later found to be wrong. It seems that the feature is hidden in the camera roll. The camera button which by default opens the shutter, takes Windows Phone users to the camera roll, where a small icon at the bottom allows users to snap and upload photos.

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On the Windows Phone store, Instagram is listed as Instagram BETA, which indicates that the app will receive updates in the future. A post on Instagram's blog confirms this:

“We wanted to make Instagram available to people with Windows Phone as quickly as possible, so we focused on creating an awesome experience with Instagram's core features. We're not finished, and our team will continue developing the Windows Phone app to keep releasing features and bringing you the best Instagram possible.”

Instagram, which has over 150 million users, has been a long time coming to Windows Phone, which has been plagued with a limited app ecosystem.

Community traffic navigation app Waze launched

Along with the Instagram, Waze, the popular crowd-sourced traffic navigation app has also been released for Windows Phone today. It was widely believed that Waze, which was recently acquired by Google, may not make an appearance on Windows Phone. But it seems that Waze had completed it's Beta testing before the takeover, so users will be treated to a bug-free experience.

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The Waze community is over 60 million strong, with users regularly contributing real-time traffic and road information and alerts.

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