Since the Blackberry Z10 hit the market there have been people asking continually for the Instagram app to be released for Blackberry 10. Over the year there have been numerous methods for obtaining and using the Instagram app, and they all work pretty good with only a few quirks. The latest version of Instagram allows me to make use of almost everything, but my keyboard still goes wonky when leaving a comment on somebody’s post.
In the recent past we were given a glimmer of hope when a comment showed up on a forum post informing the Blackberry community that a new, third-party app was being worked on that allowed full use of Instagram. There were cheers, accolades, and some skepticism, but we watched patiently. One day, out of the blue we were offered a slick app called iGrann that was in beta testing. Since those days iGrann has grown into a remarkable product, and is currently in RC2 status (release candidate). I am sure this will be appearing in Blackberry World in the very near future.
The first thing you notice is the visual difference between the two. iGrann (right image) looks sleek, modern and clean, and the Instagram app (left image) makes me nostalgic for the apps I used on my Blackberry Storm.
Looking at the feed in the picture above there are a few things to mention. I am using the Dark Theme for iGrann, and you can also use the Bright (white) theme if you prefer. Also, if I want to have a closer look at a picture I can pinch and zoom in or out.
If you long press on a photo you will also notice the menu pop out from the right-hand side of the screen, and this allows a few more options with your feed:
The first two option are obvious. ReGrann gives you the option of re-posting a photo in your feed. When you select this option you can do everything as if you were submitting an original post: edit comments, add to photo map, share and tag.
Download allows you to save the picture in your feed using the normal Blackberry save methods. What I also like are the options to capture the share url of the photo, or share it using the Blackberry share options, which of course allow all the usual options and destinations.
If you pull down from the top you will see the icon for the Settings menu. There are several option available to you, for various aspects of the app.
I won’t bother documenting all the options. I would suggest playing with them and discover your own preferences.
The only two things I haven’t been able to accomplish with iGrann are Video Posting, and Instagram Direct. Since people are using Vine for video posting, and not many people send me Instagram Direct photos, I tend not to worry about these options. I assume these options will be available in a future release?
If you are using Blackberry 10 and you haven’t checked out iGrann, I’d suggest heading over to http://igrann.com and giving it a try. At the time of this writing the app is a BAR file that you’ll have to sideload, but as mentioned earlier – you are going to see this in Blackberry World very soon. Sideload it now, or wait until BB world has it available, but either way you have to check iGrann out!