I’m back! It’s time to continue my new series, Pixel Shift, where I will redesign an existing Android application each week.

This time, it’s Instagram’s turn to receive the Holo treatment.

I focused mainly on a tablet experience, as I think it’s pretty obvious what Instagram can do to improve the look of the app on phones (hint, tabs up top).

I feel that building Instagram for tablets only makes sense. Sure, taking pictures on a tablet is less than ideal - you look dumb holding up a 10" device - but a lot of people would love to use their tablets to manage their pictures. It’s much nicer to edit and view pictures on a large screen, and right now Instagram is not catering to those people.

As always, please feel free to leave your feedback - good or bad, I welcome it all. Also, suggest some other apps you want redone. I’m building a list!

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I didn’t do too much to the phone UI. I simply gave the app a proper action bar and buttons, moved the tabs to the top and flattened the design, I extended the photos to be full bleed to the edge of the screen, rounded the profile images, and various other small icon and font tweaks.

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Tablet UI is where I spent most of my time. Tablet’s have quite a bit of real estate to work with. For that, I imagine the home feed of the app displaying several images at once.

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Sometimes you want to see a picture in all it’s wonderful detail, so users should be able to select images to view larger, similar to viewing them on a computer from the Instagram website. The user should be able to swipe horizontally to move between images in the given feed.

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Then, finally, there is the profile view. This screen should be focused on giving you an overview of the user’s profile, and all their posts in one easy place.