Building Type Mode for Stories on iOS and Android
Instagram Engineering

I am an Android Instagram user, myself and have been increasingly frustrated with the Android experience (when compared to iOS). One issue I had when Instagram stories first came out was the background color for type mode on Android vs iOS. I was so frustrated that I even spoke with a number of Android Engineers (even some friends who work at Instagram) about why the experience needs to be so different across some features?

While some of the frustrations still remain, this article was especially helpful to better understand and empathize with the technical limitations of the feature between platforms as both a user and a product manager.

If it weren’t for the network effect & viral-nature of Instagram stories, I as an Android user most likely would have never noticed the discrepancies. Thanks again for this in-depth look into the feature, looking forward to seeing the improvements :)