Instagram appears to have removed its standalone Boomerang and Hyperlapse apps from Apple’s App Store and Google Play, as reported by TechCrunch† The takedown comes shortly after Instagram’s February 28 announcement that it would stop supporting the IGTV app, and the changes indicate Instagram is opting to consolidate some of its separate offerings to focus on the main Instagram app.
According to Apptopia data shared with: TechCrunch, the last day of both apps in stores was March 1. I can’t find them in my own checks from both app stores. We’ve asked Instagram for details about the moves.
The Boomerang app, which was first released in 2015, created short, continuous videos by taking a series of photos that you could post to Instagram or Facebook. While the standalone Boomerang app has disappeared, the feature lives on in Instagram Stories, where it was added in 2016. Unveiled in 2014, Hyperlapse allows you to create professional-looking time-lapse videos, but it’s unclear if that feature will show up anywhere else within Instagram.
Instagram’s separate Layout app is still available, although its functionality is baked into Instagram Stories as well.