After ditching full photo displays (Vcards) from Twitter on Monday the team at Instagram wasted no time in debuting new features of its very own. The world’s largest social photo sharing platform announced updates for both its iOS and Android apps.
Instagram’s new features include integration with Foursquare, improvements to its camera integration standards and a new black-and-white filter.
All location pages for Instagram now feature a Foursquare button which launches the Foursquare app if installed or a website location if the Foursquare app is not featured on the users smartphone. In both cases Foursquare provides information about the venue where the photo was taken.
Also included via the update is a new grid guide that is used when taking or editing photos. Users can also now preview their most recent photos.
Photos also now save in the app and in a separate album on the users iOS or Android smartphone. The new album is simply titled Instagram.
In a company statement Facebook writes:
“The camera has been the core part of the Instagram experience since the day we launched and as a result, we’ve made significant improvements to its look and speed.”
Users have been asking for better camera support and new filters to keep their interest in the program alive. The “old timey” look and feel of the new black and white filter option should be enough to keep users snapping away at pictures of landscapes and clouds for at least a few months.
Instagram also claims to have made technical improvements to its tilt-shift feature.
Finally Instagram has promised a more visually pleasing News Feed and landing pages and they are finally being delivered via this newest update. The social photo sharing company has even managed to throw in an infinite scroll feature that user profiles have implemented in a very Pinterest type manner.