Twitter updates its mobile app with photo filters, goes on a collision course with Instagram

Twitter updates its mobile app with photo filters, goes on a collision course with Instagram
The ongoing feud between Instagram and Twitter takes an interesting, but hardly surprising, turn.

Twitter has released a substantial update to its official mobile app, introducing photo filters that are not unlike Instagram's. With this update, users are now able to edit and enhance their digital creations with a selection of visual filters right from inside the app.

Android users of the popular social network can currently choose from 8 different photo filters that range from simple black & white to cool, cinematic and (very) warm. At the moment, the available set of filters is relatively basic, but, of course, there's nothing stopping Twitter to bring additional retro filters in the near future.
Edit option for Twitter

The effects selection screen will come up just before users upload a photo they took with the built-in camera tool. From there, users also have the option to apply a simple auto-correction effect or crop the image with the pinch-to-zoom gesture.
Twitter update

The new features seem ideal for the users who aren't overly invested in the massive community of Instragram, and just want a quick way to tweak their photos before sharing them with their followers. You can have a closer look at the fancy new photo editing abilities of Twitter by following this Youtube link.

It's worth noting that the latest update comes in light of the ongoing feud between Twitter and Instagram, where the latter even took the action to remove the ability to display Instagram photos in the Twitter stream. Naturally, this can be seen as a way to force Twitter users to view the original content on Instagram's own website.

Incidentally (or perhaps not), Instagram also launched an update on the same day, introducing a few UI changes as well as one additional photo filter called 'Willow’. As usual, you can download the latest updates for both of these free apps from Google's Play store.

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