Twitter has improved its photo support for Android devices by updating the official app to include basic tools for editing and eight filter effects. You can crop any image and there’s an auto-enhance button. You’ll also find a pretty familiar batch of filters including Vignette, Black & white, Warm, Cool, Vintage, Cinematic, Happy and Gritty.
The simple interface has three buttons at the bottom and you can preview your photos in a grid format. When you select a filter it’s easy to just swipe the touchscreen to see the next one. The filters were designed by Aviary specifically for Twitter. Here’s a video that explains the update.
It’s no accident that these new features pop up just a couple of days after Facebook removed support for Instagram images to be shown in Twitter via Twitter cards. If someone posts an Instagram image in Twitter now it just appears as a text link, though CEO Kevin Systrom said last week, “we will always be integrated with Twitter in a way that you can tweet out from Instagram to Twitter,” and went on to claim it was nothing to do with Instagram’s acquisition by Facebook.
Instagram is also about to roll out a big update for its Android app which will add a new “Willow” filter, a handful of features, and make some interface tweaks. It will also be integrating Foursquare data.
Could these moves signal growing antipathy between the social media giants Facebook and Twitter? Any Instagram fans out there? What do you think about the split with Twitter? Are these additions to the Twitter app enough for most people or do you want more photo tools?
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I must say – it’s quite disappointing how these companies will remove functionality from their services in the name of competition. I’m referring to Instagram/Facebook’s decision to remove full integration with Twitter, of course. With that said, I just tried Twitter’s photo filters, and they don’t seem to be as effective as Instagram’s filters.