Instagram takes on Apple’s Live Photos with Boomerang

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Boomerang is just like Live Photos.
Boomerang is just like Live Photos.
Photo: Instagram

Instagram’s new app Boomerang lets users create one-second videos of everyday moments, then share them to Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

The new app is a lot like the new Live Photos feature Apple introduced on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Boomerang takes a burst of five photos, stitches them together into a mini-video, then plays the clip in forward and then reverse — you know, just like a boomerang!

Here’s how it works:

On of the big benefits of Boomerang clips over Live Photos is the ability to share them with people that don’t have an iPhone 6s. However, there are some workaround apps that let iPhone owners export Live Photos as GIFs or movie files for easier sharing.

Boomerang is available on both the App Store and Google Play starting today.