New version of 6tag surpasses capabilities of official Instagram iOS, Android apps

Much has been made about Windows Phone's lack of certain major apps such as Instagram, but does it really matter if third-party alternatives are superior? Rudy Huyn appears to be testing that theory with version 2.0 of 6tag, his unofficial Instagram app for Windows Phone.

Huyn, the Windows Phone app developer behind the third-party Vine app 6sec and an unofficial Wikipedia app, released the new version of 6tag on Friday morning with features that the social network's official iOS and Android apps lack. Among the new features are a dark color theme – similar to the recent update of the official Twitter app on Windows Phone, which added a dark theme – as well as the ability to create collages within the app and draw blurring boundaries.

The ability to create collages and specialized blurring are features absent on Instagram's iOS and Android apps and something users have long had to rely on other apps for.

In addition to the functionality changes, Huyn's app now allows photos to take up more space on the photo feed, providing a more vibrant experience. Other changes include the ability to locally save a high-resolution copy (up to 2048x2048) of photos uploaded to Instagram and support for the social network's new upload resolution (640x640, up from 612x612).

The new version of 6tag is currently available in the Windows Phone Store for free; a one-time $1.29 in-app purchase removes ads, which are primarily found in 6tag's profile pages.

Huyn has quickly become the standout developer of the Windows Phone app scene, winning Microsoft's "Next App Star" contest in April with his unofficial Wikipedia app and releasing the popular 6sec app before Twitter even announced an official Vine app for Microsoft's mobile operating system. Despite the success of Huyn and other developers, however, the lack of certain official apps on Windows Phone has routinely been cited as a major drawback of the platform by critics.

Source: Windows Phone Store via Windows Phone Central

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I don't use Instagram or Vine but I bought both of these apps. This guy is a great developer and a fantastic advocate for the platform. Not to mention he's a machine in terms of getting stuff out there.

The only thing going against him is that since he's funding the servers on his own he's got to charge while first party apps are obviously free. Wish MS would hire him and buy these apps out, make them free "official unofficial" MS apps.

Stryker297 said,
I don't use Instagram or Vine but I bought both of these apps. This guy is a great developer and a fantastic advocate for the platform. Not to mention he's a machine in terms of getting stuff out there.

The only thing going against him is that since he's funding the servers on his own he's got to charge while first party apps are obviously free. Wish MS would hire him and buy these apps out, make them free "official unofficial" MS apps.

I'm surprised he charges so little given the quality and the time he must have put into them. A mans worth his hire after all.

Wikipedia, Instagram ought to fund him to make them but then what incentive do they have with the quality he is pushing out a the moment.

I would love to see his take on a Facebook app, the Microsoft one is OK but there is a lot more potential.

Fair play to Rudy he does make some amazing Apps.

The wikipedia app he made is the best one i've used on any platform.

This is often the case with 3rd party apps, especially on WP. For instance, 3rd party YouTube apps on WP are routinely better than anything Google puts out.

One man vs. Instagram. One man wins.

At this point, Instagram should be ashamed of themselves. And hats off to Rudy. He really is a stellar developer.

Rudy said,
Wasn't there some controversy about this app sending user info to their servers?

For uploading video yes, it is in the About of the app. That part doesn't concern me very much but the whole basis of the app being reversed engineered is a bit worrying. As long as you don't take your instagram account too seriously probably not much to worry about but if you have spent a lot of time building up your network I would probably not recommend it simply because it puts your account at risk of being labeled as spam or worse.

Personally I will continue to use it because it is awesome and my account has already been labeled as spam during the beta testing phase, but I try to be careful in recommending to others.

And also note that Rudy from my understanding does take tireless steps to keep this from happening but it is not entirely in his control. Spammers will always be the biggest proponents of reverse engineered projects and instagram will continue to try to make it hard for them and any other projects that are using unsupported API's are likely going to go down with them eventually.