Twitter Update Brings Instagram-like Photo Filters To Android & iOS

Well, that was quick! Over the past weekend, Instagram decided to discontinue its image previewing support on your Twitter timeline, but Twitter pushing out its very own Instagram-like filters so swiftly for users of the popular micro-blogging network? That certainly wasn’t on the cards for even the most optimistic users among us. As it turns out, the recent update to the official Android and iOS Twitter clients brings as many as eight different Instagram-like vintage photo filters powered by none other than the renowned online photo-editing service, Aviary. That’s not all; prior to uploading, you can take a peek at the effect of each filter on your photos via a unified grid view, or by simply swiping sideways. In addition, the update introduces an auto-enhance feature to help you improve your photos’ outlook in terms of brightness and saturation, and also brings to the table several basic image editing tools such as cropping and scaling.

Twitter had already announced that it would be pushing such an update around new year’s eve, but it has certainly surprised all and sundry with its swift response. At the same time, Instagram has also just beefed up its official Android and iOS apps with a brand new ‘Willow’ filter, revamped camera UI, improved tilt-shift effect, Foursquare integration and lots more.

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At the moment, the official Android and iOS Twitter apps are offering the following eight filters for your photo beautifying needs:

  • Vignette
  • Black & white
  • Warm
  • Cool
  • Vintage
  • Cinematic
  • Happy
  • Gritty

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Quite obviously, these filters and other image editing options are accessible after you’ve snapped or imported the image that you wish to attach along with your tweets. The magic wand tab can be used to automatically correct image settings with a tap, whereas the cropping tool can be availed to scale select part of the image in portrait or landscape orientation. Needless to say, you can preview the image attachments by tapping the relevant tweet on your Twitter timeline.

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Honestly speaking, all these filters and image editing options are nothing new compared to what we have already seen with a multitude of standalone apps. However, Aviary has to be credited with establishing a strong enough rapport for itself to be considered by the likes of Twitter to provide their users with these sought-after photo filters and effects.

As of this writing, the update is available for Android users only, while iOS users await the brand new goodies to head their way, which is expected to happen anytime now. (Update: The iOS update is now live in the App Store).

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