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Since being acquired by Facebook for close to a billion dollars all those months ago, it’s fair to say Instagram hasn’t changed a great deal. The tried-and-tested method of facilitating photos, filters, comments and likes hasn’t gotten any less popular as we approach the end of 2012, and today, Instagram has pushed out a couple of new features to keep Instafans happy-snapping.

The update affects those running on both iOS and Android, and although it’s fair to say the enhancements won’t set the world alight, they’ll certainly help improve the experience all-round.

First and foremost, the bread-and-butter camera functionality has been improved, with the iOS Camera Roll now integrating smoothly with the app. From what I gather, most users opt to upload and share images already taken as opposed to the trial-and-error method of shooting using the Instagram camera, and thanks to the new integration, selecting from your stored collection of images is a great deal more streamlined than it was before.

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Instagram now also offers integration with Foursquare, with a dedicated button on location pages that’ll open up the app (or mobile web version), and give you further information of your current surroundings.

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Instagram has well and truly popularized the filtering of images using a one-click process, and while this system has naturally come under some scrutiny from photography aficionados, it continues to be the staple part of the Instagram network. A vast portion of images uploaded to the Instagram servers are treated with some kind of hazy overlay, and for those whom cannot get enough of this strain of "editing", a new filter by the name of Willow has been added.

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The tilt-shift blur feature has been improved, and now actually publishes the edit as you prepared. In earlier versions, discrepancies between the tilt-shift edits previewed and those eventually published made the feature a tad bit hit-and-miss, but with this latest release, everything appears to have been cleared up.

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Both the iOS and Android versions are – as ever – free of charge, and can be downloaded below from the App Store and Play Store respectively.

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