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The great Twitter vs. Instagram battle of 2012 rages forward. While Twitter has removed Instagram cards from its service, Instagram decided to nix in-stream Instagram photos all-together. But just moments ago, Twitter has revealed an update to its iOS and Android apps which allows users to filter images right within Twitter itself.
Yep, Twitter knew what is was doing when it decided to take on Instagram. Recently, the massive social service removed the ability to post Instagram "cards," a move which seemingly led to Instagram's decision this past weekend to remove Instagram photos from within Twitter feeds entirely.
Well, now Twitter has announced its very own Instagram-like editing system from within the Twitter app. The update adds the usual spectrum of filtering options, including a "bird's eye view" which allows you to check out all the filtering options in a grid layout.
"Every day, millions of people come to Twitter to connect with the things they care about and find out what’s happening around the world," reads the Twitter Blog. "As one of the most compelling forms of self-expression, photos have long been an important part of these experiences."
The new Twitter filters also offer cropping and pinch-to-zoom functionality. Clicking on a small wand activates "auto-enhance" to balance light levels and colors.
Lately, it sure seems like Twitter is hell-bent on making sure various services are occurring within the company's own app, rather than utilizing a third-party options. Twitter has made a dedicated effort to restrict API usage by outside developers.
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