Instagram brings GIF stickers to photos and videos for stories

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Instagram Stories are about to get a lot funnier and more entertaining.

Gboard, Google's iOS and Android keyboard app, has quietly updated its design by moving its GIF-making button up next to the word suggestion bar. I had to un-install and re-install the app to force the new feature to appear.

Integration with GIPHY likely sped things along for the new feature.

GIFs are now available in version 29 of the Instagram Android and iOS app. On doing this, a new window will open up where you'll be able to see a number of GIFs from Giphy's database.

Adding it to Stories is pretty simple.

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Searching "Effects" will show all stickers that canbe used to add an ambience to a scene.eg. sparkles, fire, confetti, glitter.

Tap the sticker marked by an animated GIF.

Apart from the addition of GIF stickers, the company has also announced that it will soon introduce the functionality required to post content with different aspect ratios. All users have to do is drag the one they choose over the story. While some of them are available for download via Google Play Store, the new Gboard Go app hasn't been listed there yet.

It added: 'We're also rolling out the ability upload photos and videos of any size to your story - so you never have to crop that group shot again. You'll then be able to fill in the excess space with a customizable color gradient.

So, we're not getting a ton of groundbreaking new features today, but what Instagram is adding should definitely make the experience better for end users. This, of course, would be the latest in a long line of features that Instagram has directly copied from Snapchat.

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