News by Andrew Kameka on Tuesday June 03, 2014.
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Instagram is a widely popular app because it encouraged users to apply filters to their images and then share with friends. While it remains one of the most popular social media apps post-Facebook acquisition, the app has not done much in order to become a better photo editor. With the release of Instagram 6.0 today for Android and iPhone, Instagram is finally better on photos.
Rather than simply add new filters to change the look of a photo, Instagram will now let users adjust the intensity of those filters. The app can also change the brightness, contrast, and saturation, putting an end to the history of using an all-or-nothing approach with filters. The tools for adjusting warmth are also present. Overall, Instagram has made it so Android and iOS users will be able to have far more control over their edited image. The practice of editing in another app and then exporting to Instagram will likely decrease among some, though others might still be satisfied with their more advanced or familiar capabilities of apps like VSCO, Camera+, Snaptastic, and the like.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.