The war between Instagram and Twitter is going full steam ahead. While the hipster filters application was redesigned and won a new filter yesterday, Twitter launched a new version of its application for Android (and soon leave for iOS), which has a native image editor, focusing on livelihood in sharing photos.
To edit an image simply open an existing photo in the phone’s gallery or use the camera to take a new one. Then, the editor opens automatically and displays filters to crop the photo and automatic setting that promises to improve the image quality. Technologies Editor are owned by Aviary company, which has an image editing SDK for third-party applications (including, Flickr, Yahoo! Mail and Imgur).
It is interesting that Twitter does not require that the picture is square, as in Instagram. Although you can leave the square photo, it’s nice to have a picture in standard format, allowing for more details of the photographed object. In tests, I noticed that the picture was grainy and after applying the filter.
Despite all this, one should not consider that Instagram will be replaced. Instagram is not just an application that puts filters, is a social network, only photos. The model it is quite different from Twitter, however in the end all photos are shared on other social networks. Anyway, it’s a good response from Twitter to Instagram.
The update for Android is now available in the Play Store and the iOS version has been confirmed and due out soon.