Instagram brings GIF stickers to photos and videos for stories

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Google now allows users to make their own GIFs through Gboard app!!

The company also announced that it will soon launch a feature to help with posting content with different aspect ratios.

GIF stickers are available starting today in Instagram version 29 on iOS and Android devices.

These stickers are provided by GIPHY, which is a service you'll be familiar with if you like to send GIFs through Facebook Messenger.

Adding it to Stories is pretty simple.

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Tap the GIF creator button and you'll be presented with two modes: Loop, which let's you shoot Boomerang-style clips that last three seconds, and Fast-Forward, which lets you record up to one minute of video that is then sped up. And to enhance the "GIF-ing" experience further, Google will now let users create their own GIFs. All users have to do is drag the one they choose over the story. The options include moving objects, like rotating burgers, a dog with sunglasses, a moving mouth and more.

Google's Gboard has lately turned out as a very practical and feature-rich keyboard app without putting stress on the system. So you don't need to crop important parts of your photo to fit Instagram's upload size. While uploading a group photo to Story, it forces to cut few friends out to adjust the size. You'll then be able to fill in the excess space with a customizable color gradient.

In other Instagram story news, tech news site WABetaInfo is reporting that the social media platform is testing a new feature that notifies users when someone has taken a screenshot of their story (or used a screen recording application).

Adding a more comprehensive library of GIFs to Instagram is another way of one-upping its competitor, which is bleeding users and advertisers at the moment.

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