It was back towards the end of June that Facebook announced some significant new implementations to Instagram for iOS and Android, bringing both apps up to version 4.0 with the introduction of a new, Vine-like video feature, also known as Instagram Video. Over the past six weeks, users have taken to the new feature like a duck to water, and now, version 4.1 is upon us. The update, which once again spans both iOS and Android, offers different alterations to each, with the most notable being an auto-straightening feature in the iOS iteration. Catch the full details after the break.
The jump straight to version 4.1 implies this is a relatively substantial update, and in reading the change logs, it would seem that the developers of the Instagram app have been very busy indeed.
When the video feature first landed, Facebook was keen to showcase the numerous filters it had tailored especially in preparation. However, one rather basic feature lacking with the new video sharing was the ability to select clips already recorded from within the library. Hitherto, Instagram users have only been able to record and share video taken using the app’s own camera, but version 4.1 addresses this issue for both iOS and Android users.
You can also dissect the clip to select the exact few moments you’d like to share with the rest of the world, and with decent cropping options, you can keep the focus of your video’s action within the confinements of Instagram’s famed square window.
Facebook has also spoken of a new treat for iOS users in the form of Automatic Straightening, which utilizes a new, especially-developed technology to automatically correct your crooked ways. As soon as you take a snap, you simply hit the ‘Straighten’ icon, and your shot will begin correcting itself.
To round up, those on Android Ice Cream Sandwich will also be enthused to learn that video support has finally arrived for their firmware version. You can grab the new Instagram app via the links below.
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