Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri, during the weekly Ask Me Anything programme, has informed that the app will begin testing ultra-tall 9:16 ratio photos in a week or two.
Instagram not only lets its users share pictures with their followers but also reels. The photo and video sharing app also keeps on testing updates to give new features to its users and make their user experience better than ever. Though Instagram has currently halted its controversial redesign, the company has no plans to stop focusing on full-screen content. Adam Mosseri, Instagram CEO, during the weekly Ask Me Anything programme, has confirmed that the app will begin rolling out the ultra-tall 9:16 photos feature in a week or two, according to a report by The Verge.
“You can have tall videos, but you cannot have tall photos on Instagram. So we thought maybe we should make sure that we treat both equally,” Mosseri said, as quoted by The Verge. It can be known that currently, Instagram tops out around 4:5 when displaying vertical images that have been cropped accordingly. But introducing support for slimmer, taller 9:16 photos will help them fill the entire screen as you scroll through the app’s feed, the report informed.
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Some photographers have criticized Instagram’s TikTok-like redesign for the way it forced all photos to awkwardly display in a 9:16 frame, The Verge reports. The new feed also added overlay gradients to the bottom of posts so that text would be easier to read. But that clashed with the original appearance of photographers’ work.
“During the course of Instagram’s shaky redesign test with users, Mosseri admitted more than once that the full-screen experience was less than ideal for photos. Now we’re seeing that Instagram very much still intends to showcase that ultra-tall photo experience – but without mandating it across the board, as per The Verge.
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Even Instagram’s own data showed that the app’s overhauled design was so disliked by some people that they began using the app less frequently. Instagram has also said it will reduce the amount of recommendations being shown to users until it’s better at selecting content they will actually enjoy, the report said.