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Instagram’s Boomerang takes on Apple’s Live Photos with 1-second looping videos

by Jacob Kleinman | October 22, 2015October 22, 2015 10:20 am PDT

Apple’s Live Photos may be limited to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, but a new app from Instagram lets you create quick 1-second looping videos on any device. Boomerang is available now for iOS and Android with a simple interface and easy sharing.

The app lets you create a quick GIF-like video with one tap. Just aim at something that’s moving and hit the camera button. Boomerang will create a 1-second video that you can share on Instagram and Facebook. Each creation is also automatically saved to your phone’s gallery.

Boomerang is clearly designed to be quick and simple to use above all else.¬†It opens straight into the camera and there’s no option to follow people or even look at your old videos. The only purpose here is to create content and share it on other social networks.

It’s a pretty cool app and definitely worth trying out if you’re already¬†using Facebook or Instagram on a regular basis. Grab Boomerang now from the App Store or Google Play and start sharing your own 1-second loops to try it out for yourself.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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