Instagram update brings photo straightening and a few other changes to its Android app

October 11, 2013
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On Thursday Twitter revealed that it was rolling out a tablet-optimized version of its app as a timed Samsung exclusive. That same day, the Facebook-owned Instagram also took to Twitter to unveil the latest version of the Instagram Android app.

With the latest Instagram update we finally see the addition of image straightening, a feature that has been present on the iOS app for months now. The feature pretty much works as it sounds: if your image is off balance, you just tap the straighten button and Instragram does the rest. There is also a slider on the bottom of the screen if you want to fine tune the tilt a little.

The update also includes new video and sound usage controls. For video, you can now choose to allow pre-loading on both cellular and Wi-Fi Connections, or – to save on costly mobile data – you can set pre-loading to occur only when you’re on a Wi-Fi network. For sound, you can also choose whether videos play with sound on or off by default.

This latest update certainly helps bring the Android version of Instagram up to snuff with the iOS app, though it is still lacking the popular Cinema video stabilization tool that rolled out to iOS in June. Hopefully it’s not too much longer before the Android app adds that feature as well.

To experience the update for yourself, head on over to Google Play. For those that have already updated, what do you think of the changes?

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