Instagram may have been under a lot of pressure of late but the Facebook-owned photo service has updated its iOS app with a new filter — Mayfair — and the return of the option to share photos from any album, rather than just a device’s camera roll. There’s also support for Facebook iOS 6 integration, which brings single sign-on support for those yet to connect the two services together.
The app has added 25 new languages, including Chinese, French, German, Indonesian, Italian, Russian and Spanish. The changes have also been made to the Android app too.
Update: It’s not all plain sailing and the company has acknowledged an issue with the update that makes private users appear to set to display photos publicly. It says the problem relates to the button only and has not turned all accounts public-facing.
Update: Instagram has fixed the bug in a version released today.
The move to reintroduce the sharing — the previous update ‘lost’ it — is one that will please many users who had been requesting its return. Essentially it allows users to upload photos from specific albums, rather than just their device’s camera roll. For those of us that try and keep things organized, using a variety of folders/albums, that simplifies things and helps find the photos that we want more easily.
To get to other albums, you swipe down on the thumbnail viewer which will then allow you to back out from camera roll and go to albums.
The new Mayfair filter is purple-pinkish in color and washed out in the center:
Here’s how the update makes it easier to connect Facebook with Instagram. While most users will have long done this, it’s a nice way of simplifying the process for the large number of news sign-ups (or re-registers) that are likely to join the service from new devices gifted over the Christmas period.
Earlier today, the company did a u-turn on its controversial new terms of service when it rolled back the advertising section, returning the policy to the version it had in 2010. That move came in response to a persecution that the company was preparing to use data of its members in new ways, although in reality the saga came about from poor communication from the startup.
This week, founder Kevin Systrom admitted that the company had failed to adequately explain it’s new move. “To be clear, it is not our intention to sell your photos. We are working on updated language in the terms to make sure this is clear,” he said on Tuesday.
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