Instagram released an update to its photo-sharing and filtering app Monday, delivering some highly requested features to iOS and Android users for the first time.
You'll no longer need to open up Camera+ or Snapseed to crop and scale your photo; both can now be done in Instagram with a grid guide overlay. (If you need to adjust your photo's alignment, you'll still need to seek outside assistance, however.) The Facebook-owned company says that its tilt-shift feature has also been improved to provide "vastly more realistic rendering of depth of field."
Perhaps the biggest change cosmetically, at least is evident in the initial photo-taking ("camera") section of the app. You no longer need to open a separate screen to select a photo to filter; your most recent photos will show up as selectable thumbnails along the bottom. The shutter and shutter release buttons have also been revamped to better align with the app's overall design aesthetic.
In addition, you'll notice that images appear slightly larger, and that the design of the News Feed and welcome screen have been tweaked slightly. Infinite scroll, which is already in play in the News Feed, has been integrated into user profiles. Filtered photos will no longer be added to your camera roll (if you're using an iOS device), but to a separate album called "Instagram." The app has also integrated more deeply with Foursquare: Location pages now feature a button that pulls up the Foursquare app (if installed) or mobile website with details about the venue.