At the time of the Galaxy S10 launch in February 2019, Samsung announced a partnership with Instagram to bring Instagram Mode to the phone’s stock camera app. It gives you access to Instagram editing tools and effects and lets you post photos and videos directly to Instagram Stories. The two firms appear to be expanding this partnership with the Galaxy S24 series next year. The upcoming flagships may let you access Instagram Camera from the lockscreen.
Galaxy S24 lockscreen may let you keep an Instagram Camera shortcut
App developer and researcher Alessandro Paluzzi, who is known for uncovering unreleased features in apps through reverse engineering, recently shared a piece of interesting news. He posted a screenshot from Instagram on X (embedded below), showing a new feature that is still in development. The feature is specific to Samsung’s next-gen flagships, the Galaxy S24 series, which are about two months away now.
The screenshot reveals that Galaxy S24 users will be able to access Instagram Camera directly from their phone’s lockscreen. The shortcut can be added via Settings, though it’s unclear whether Samsung will bake it into the phone settings or you have to do that through Instagram settings. From what it appears, users may be introduced to this feature with a pop-up when they first open the app. A “Try it” button will take them to the setup menu.
No other information about this “shortcut” feature is available at the moment. However, we expect it to be available out of the box on the Galaxy S24, Galaxy S24+, and Galaxy S24 Ultra. Samsung will probably talk about it at the launch event in January, as it did for Instagram Mode during the Galaxy S10 launch. Instagram head Adam Moserri came to the stage to introduce it.
Samsung is trying to up the social media game of its phones
Samsung has always worked closely with Google, Microsoft, and Meta to make its Galaxy phones play better with their products. Simultaneously, it is trying to up the social media game of its phones. The company has teamed up with Instagram, Snapchat, TikTok, and others to improve the quality of photos and videos captured using the in-app cameras.
An Instagram Camera shortcut for the Galaxy S24 may be part of this effort. Since iPhones usually work better with social media apps, Samsung appears to be working on giving Apple some competition there. Time will tell if the Korean firm has more such tricks up its sleeves. The new flagships will go official in mid-January, reportedly on January 17. We will let you know as soon as we have more information.
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