16 of Asia’s top photo apps to take on Instagram

APACTech in Asia — Since Facebook acquired Instagram for $1 billion, there is no question that photo apps are a very hot place to be for startups. I think they’re still ripe for disruption, Instagram has only about 400 million monthly active users. There are still hundreds of millions of untapped smartphone users out there who could easily be swiped away from Instagram. Here’s a look at the best out of Asia.


India’s first Instagram exhibition to be held in Kolkata

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA: Once upon a time it was a common sarcastic refrain: Oh, you’re a photographer? Who’s your agent, Instagram? All that has changed now and the social media tool is virtually on every smartphone, with even professional growing a fondness for its special filters. So it certainly is a big deal when Instagram’s first photo exhibition in India will be held in Kolkata starting Thursday.


China has no plans to unblock Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

ChinaTimes of India — WASHINGTON: China’s internet czar, Lu Wei, has announced that the country has no plans to unblock foreign websites including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram along with some news sites. According to CNN, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been courting China quite diligently but there is little sign that his efforts are paying off.


90% of Instagram users in India are below 30 years: Study

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Wonder what’s the profile of average Instagram users in India? It’s mostly young, mobile-first users with high spending power, according to a Nielsen study commissioned by Instagram. The study titled ‘Indians on Instagram’ has been released by the company at its first-ever conference in India. The report also claims that Instagram’s monthly actives in India have more than doubled over the past year (as of September 2015). Instagram users in India.


Instagram said to be back in North Korea

North KoreaMSI-ASIA — A week after mobile Internet users in North Korea began seeing messages telling them the site was blocked, access has been restored, the Associated Press reported on Thursday. The block was an unusual one for the country, but then nothing about the Internet is normal in North Korea.


After photo leak, North Korea said to block Instagram

North KoreaMSI ASIA — Days after photos leaked of a fire at one of North Korea’s biggest and best-known hotels, the country has begun restricting access to Instagram. On Monday, attempts to connect to Instagram’s website via PC or smartphone were met with a message saying the site was on an Internet block list, according to an Associated Press reporter in Pyongyang.


How Line is turning Instagram into an ecommerce app in Thailand

ThailandLine and Instagram stand out as two of the hottest social apps in Thailand. Line is the dominant messenging platform in the nation, with over 33 million registered users. Messaging with Line has become so quotidien – one entrepreneur told me about how her mother operates several Line groups for her various circles of friends – that the app has emerged as arguably the most trusted channel of interaction outside a physical encounter.


Instagram accessible again in China, but service is patchy

ChinaUsers started reporting they were able to access Instagram over the weekend. Tech in Asia staff stationed on the mainland confirmed the app is no longer blocked, though sometimes images won’t load or only partially load. Whether or not it works might depend on your internet service provider and location.


InstaModi! India’s tech-savvy prime minister debuts on Instagram, gets 91,690 followers instantly

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, the first Indian head of state to wake up to the possibilities of social media in politics, made his Instagram debut yesterday. He posted a photograph of the ASEAN Summit venue in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, and in less than 24 hours found 94,621 (and counting) followers. Currently, Modi is India’s most-followed politician on Twitter with 7.82 million followers. It’s hard to believe that in January 2009 when he entered Twitter, it had gone almost unnoticed.


Instagram has been blocked in China for a month. What will take its place?

China’s internet is littered with companies that thrive in part thanks to the country’s strict censorship. Baidu, Weibo, and Youku are now web giants due to blocks put in place on Google, Twitter, and Youtube. The popular western photo sharing social network Instagram has eluded the Great Firewall until recently, operating freely and successfully in the Middle Kingdom. But the site and app became inaccessible from China starting near the end of September this year, likely due to the ongoing pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong that earned the ire of Beijing officials.


Users In China Are Reporting That Instagram Has Been Blocked, Likely In Response To The Hong Kong Protests

We’re seeing reports from users on Twitter that Instagram has been blocked in mainland China. It’s likely due to the protests happening in Hong Kong. Citizens in Hong Kong are protesting the government in Beijing to allow them to practice “full democracy.” If Instagram is blocked in China as the Twitter reports indicate, it’s likely to keep images of the protest, which include police firing tear gas at demonstrators, from spreading.


Instagram Launches Bolt, a Snapchat Look Alike, Outside U.S.

Instagram has launched an app designed after Snapchat. The online mobile photo and video sharing and social networking service released an app called Bolt on Tuesday. It’s Instagram’s first venture into speedy and ephemeral one-to-one video and photo-messaging. The company launched Bolt on Android and iOS in New Zealand, Singapore, and South Africa. Technology website TechCrunch said Instagram is testing the app in these English-speaking and Instagram-fluent countries before rolling it out in the United States.


Thailand continues Instagram love affair as it reaches 1.5 million users (INFOGRAPHIC)

We love social media in Thailand. There are 24 million users on Facebook. The country’s Twitter activity increased last year. On Instagram, Thailand hosts one the most Instagramed place in the world. Thailand now has 1.5 million Instagram users, according to data from Zocial Inc. The company behind ZocialRank, which monitors social media trends in the country, has came up with an infographic (embedded below) showing more details about Instagram’s users in Thailand.