Samsung is set to promote one of the world’s most popular applications to the forefront of the Galaxy S24 family of handsets when they launch early next year. Instagram is moving, and it’s moving to the lock screen.
Details on the new location of Instagram come from Android tipster Alessandro Paluzzi on X (neé Twitter):
“Instagram is working on letting Samsung Galaxy S24 users add the shortcut for the Instagram Camera to the lock screen.”
It’s a small detail to come out, but it helps understand the company’s upcoming approach. Samsung’s One UI software has limited apps that can appear on the lock screen only to system apps, with only one or two exceptions. Instagram joining that list is a big decision for the South Korean company.
Sure, Instagram can be installed as an app, found quickly in the share menu, or launched from a widget, but the more accessible a default option is to reach, the more it will be used.
The placement of the app will no doubt drive more image sharing from Samsung devices, given that smartphone camera systems continue to be critical points of displaying innovation; the more images “Shared By Samsung” to online communities such as Instagram, the better for the marketing of the handset.
The Galaxy S24 family of handsets is expected to launch in early 2024, with some commentators looking towards a debt in late January.
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