How to make an Instagram app for iOS and Android in just two months
A year ago, the startup behind a new iOS app for Instagram called Instapaper didn’t exist.
But it now has more than 100,000 users and counting.
In the same time, the company has launched a mobile version of its desktop app, Instapapers, which allows users to manage the apps and albums they want to share.
It also has plans to add features for other mobile platforms.
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But it was a long and difficult process for the startup to grow and become a full-fledged product.
Instapapes, which launched in June, was built by one man.
And it’s still a work in progress.
We spoke to him about the challenges of building a new product from scratch.
The product was created by one person, and that’s the problem: How do you get people to want to use it?
In order to get users to want it, Instaps CEO Aaron Kocsis explained, he first had to build an app.
“I had no idea how to make a product from the ground up,” he said.
“We’re building something from the bottom up.”
Instapapses has launched three versions of the app, with two of them being in beta and the third being in full production.
Instapapers has over 100,00 users.
Kocsis said the product is meant to be an extension of Instagram, which is a social network for sharing photos, videos, and other content.
The product is geared towards people who like to share their experiences.
“You can see Instagram’s platform has gotten a lot better over the years, and I think Instapapapers is a response to that,” he told Engadge.
“But the platform isn’t the same as Instagram.
It’s a different ecosystem.”
Instaps’ mobile app, also called Instaps for iOS, also has an iOS version as well.
Kocses said the mobile app is meant for people who want to upload photos to Instagram, as well as photos that are tagged with specific tags.
It does not support sharing photos that don’t have a certain tag, but the app has an option to share those tagged photos as well, he added.
“Instapaps is not an app for every Instagram user,” he continued.
“Instapapps is a tool for people like me who don’t want to have to create an app, but are still looking for a tool that’s more streamlined, that can get my work out there.
I don’t feel like Instagram is that platform.”
As part of its product roadmap, Instas has a plan to add the ability to upload albums to other social media networks in the future.
In terms of how it intends to build the app into a standalone product, Kocs said that he was still working out how to build that functionality.
Instaps was originally going to use Instagram’s desktop app for all its mobile and desktop products.
Instas, he said, was going to launch a desktop app “at some point” for its mobile products, but it was not set in stone.
“The app is going to be built on top of Instagram’s app, so it’s going to have its own set of features and capabilities,” he explained.
“And we’re not going to share anything with Instagram in order to have our own app.”
The team has a lot of experience building and delivering products, so when it comes to the process of creating a product, it is no different than any other team that has built a product.
“It’s just the way we build things, and the way you build things is how you think about it,” Kocss said.
He said he and his team had a lot in common, having been in the startup scene for nearly five years.
“Every time we build something, we have a process, we’re thinking about the business, we’ve thought about the customers, we know what they want, and then we try to make that happen,” he added, saying the team had to do that to be successful.
But even if he is building the app from the beginning, Kucsis said that the company had to keep moving.
“If you’re building a product on a product stack, you’re going to iterate a lot,” he stressed.
“That’s the way that people get excited.”
The company is currently focusing on a beta version of the product that is still in testing, but he said that it will be released in the coming months.
It’s been nearly five months since Instaps launched, and Kocsi said that his team was already excited for the app.
While the company is still working on getting the app to users, Konts, the founder of Instapeps, said that there were many lessons learned.
He mentioned that Instapaps was one of the first products to have an Android version of Instaps, which enabled users to set up profiles and create an account.