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Instagram gets a new look for web, iOS and Android app
Instagram gets a new look for web, iOS and Android app
By: Sneha Bokil-Paranjape

Popular Photo sharing app, Instagram has revamped its web view that enables users the ability to interact from their computers, adding likes and comments. Originally mobile-centric site, Instagram is beginning to move further toward desktop interactivity.

Users will now be able to like and comment on Instagram photos through the Instagram website, and they’ll be able to follow new users as well. The new look also carries over the Instagram app's blue-and-white theme, replacing its former brown look.

It’s a simple but effective update to Instagram on the web that could make a big difference in engagement. Users can also access their accounts from the photo pages, which allows them to edit their profiles, change their passwords, and manage their app permissions.

Instagram is a relatively simple photography app which allows users to take photos, apply filters like Poloroid, sepia, inkwell etc. and share it on the service or a variety of other social networking services, including Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Tumblr and Flickr.

The startup, which was purchased by Facebook for a whopping $1 billion, has since added an Android app. Facebook is still in the final stage of grabbing control of Instagram.

The overhaul comes just three days after the first major update to Instagram since Facebook completed its purchase of the photo-sharing app. The Apple iOS version of the app was bumped up to version 2.5 while the Android version was bumped up to 1.1.4.

Among the features that have been added to the iOS version of the app include a better-looking profile tab, more options for searching, small tweaks to the commenting system, visual enhancements for better picture displays and speed enhancements. There's also an option that allows users to share any of the "hearts" that they give out on Instagram by automatically posting them to Facebook.

The iOS update also removed the two-click process that was formerly required for publishing photos that had already been taken. Instead, users can now simply hold the camera button in the Instagram application, and they'll automatically be prompted to upload an existing photo from their phone.

The biggest noticeable change is the new "Explore" tab, which includes all of the popular photos, as well as a search box to find users and photos by hashtag.

The app does load extremely fast now, and comments are nearly immediate. For those of you who are Instagram power-users, you'll find that the app feels "lighter", and even the camera pops up quicker when you want to take a photo.

Since its inception in 2010, Instagram has pushed the idea of mobile photography. With its quirky borders and filters that gave photos extra punch or a nostalgic glow, it tugged at heart and soul.

When Instagram, which was originally only available for users of Apple Inc.’s iPhone, launched on the Android platform on April 3, it enjoyed a renewed spike in attention. Within three days of its Android launch, it was ranked the number three app in the Google Play store.

It has created not a social network, but instead a beautiful social platform of shared experiences. Currently Instagram has a user base of over 50 million and the number is expected to soar in coming days with app and web update.

Give the new Instagram website design a try then let us know if you like the changes