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Instagram fans will be pleased to see and use the new slew of features added to the 3.2 version of the popular camera and photo sharing app for iPhone and Android. Instagram says the new release is the “largest upgrade to our Instagram iOS camera since it was revamped just over a year ago“.

Facebook bought Instagram back in April of this year, and this is the app’s first major update since the acquisition. In addition to the speed and reliability improvements, the new features include a newly designed shutter release button, an optional image guide, a scale & crop tool, and an improved in-app Camera Roll access.

The scale & crop tools are definitely a welcome addition to the camera app, however in order to use the tools you must select a photo in your camera’s camera roll. After you take a shot, you will need to open it from your iPhone’s camera roll if you want to crop it.

All your photos taken with Instagram are saved to your camera roll before they are edited and processed. An improved Camera Roll image selector (for the iPhone 5 only) allows you to review and select a photo without leaving the app’s editing interface.

The app also includes an optional grid guide for live photos and a permanent grid guide for the scale & crop screen. The single new filter includes one called Willow, a monogram filter with a subtle purple tones and a translucent glowing white border.

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What do you think of the new Instagram features?

Source: Instagram Blog

  1. john
    December 19, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    I can't register as the app is not compatible with my Android phone.....

  2. Pam
    December 17, 2012 at 6:47 am

    I have an iPhone 4s. I hate the new Instagram. I used to be able to upload landscape layout photos and now it won't allow it. Instagram crops it to a square so my wide angle landscape shots can no longer be uploaded... Dislike intensely!

    • Bakari Chavanu
      December 18, 2012 at 5:16 pm

      Hmm, I thought it always cropped to a square orientation. Sorry to hear about that change.

  3. Brittney
    December 14, 2012 at 2:16 am

    This update has been nothing but trouble, taking me upwards of seven tries to post comments, impossible to follow people at the button takes at least ten goes for it to register the 'click'. Same with liking images, it's been such a hassle the last few days I have been considering not even bothering.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      December 15, 2012 at 11:17 pm

      Hmmm, Brittney, I need to check out the issues you're raising. I mainly just post photos to Instagram and like others.

  4. grumpasaurus
    December 12, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Stinks that they still don't have Facebook "Page" support on Android yet...

    • Bakari Chavanu
      December 12, 2012 at 11:51 pm

      Thanks for letting us know this. I'm not a Android user, so it's difficult to know what is missing on that platform.

  5. Daniel Milner
    December 12, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    To be clear, the Android version did not get a "major upgrade". Only a new filter.

    • Bakari Chavanu
      December 12, 2012 at 8:55 pm

      Oh wow, Daniel, the blog read as if both devices got the same updates. Thanks for pointing that out.

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