Instagram Delivers New Filter and Foursquare Integration in App Update

By Cameron Scott 

instagram, photo sharing, social networks, social networkingInstagram pushed out updates for its iOS and Android apps today, integrating with Foursquare, improving the camera and adding a black-and-white filter.

The Facebook subsidiary, which caused a dust-up when it dis-integrated its photos from Twitter display cards last week, unrolled Foursquare integration in today’s update: All location pages will feature a Foursquare button that will open the app if installed or mobile website if not with more information about the venue.

The updated app includes a grid guide when taking or editing photos and speed and reliability improvement to the in-app camera. Users will also see previews of their most recent photos. And filtered photos will save not just in the app but also to a separate album on the phone called Instagram. (Previously, users could save just to the camera roll.)

“The camera has been the core part of the Instagram experience since the day we launched and as a result, we’ve made significant improvements to its look and speed,” the company said in its announcment.

Instagram also rolls out an additional filter, called Willow, which delivers an old-timey black-and-white look.

Users have asked for more filters, the company acknowledged.

Users of the tilt-shift feature will also see technical improvements, such that the image that appears in the on-screen preview better replicates the photographic result.

Finally, the company promises a more visually pleasing News Feed and landing page as well as infinite scroll on user profiles.