Boomerang and Hyperlapse Apps

Instagram's Boomerang and Hyperlapse Apps have been removed from the App Stores.

With the withdrawal of its separate Boomerang and Hyperlapse applications from app stores, Instagram continues to simplify and consolidate its different features, after its decision to also remove its separate IGTV app.

Hyperlapse and Boomerang, according to several tipsters, have lately vanished from both the App Store and the Google Play store. Both apps were withdrawn on March 1st, according to TechCrunch, however Instagram has yet to make an official announcement about the change. 

Given the ever growing array of editing and creative features within the actual app, with Boomerang functionality already built-in to the Instagram camera itself, and Reels providing playback speed options for your clips, similar to Hyperlapse, the removal of its supplementary creation tools isn't surprising. As previously said, it also fits in with Instagram's larger effort to streamline and simplify its many functionalities.

Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri released a video in December in which he listed the platform's key areas of concentration for 2022, with Reels, the platform's fastest-growing part, as the primary focus.

With so many options available, users have found it difficult to find the elements best suited to their interests at any given time, according to some. With short-form video engagement on the rise, it makes sense for Instagram to refocus on what's working and streamline its systems around it.

That's why Instagram got rid of IGTV and combined all of its video formats into one single process. Moving away from variable creation and posting processes and toward more simple, unified creation appears to be the next stage.

The Boomerang functionality is available in the app, and Hyperlapse, which was originally launched in 2014, is likely seeing less usage given that variable speed controls for Reels are also present, it seems to make some sense to retire the separate apps, in order to drive more creation in the app, and likely, more discovery of usage of more of Instagram’s creative tools.