By Alexandra Burlacu | Dec 11, 2012 01:40 PM EST
In a bid to directly compete with Instagram, Twitter has unveiled its much-talked about photo filters, allowing users to edit their pics before sharing.
The launch of Facebook filters for iOS and Android comes one day after Facebook's photo-sharing app Instagram ended support for Twitter cards, which now results in blank screens when users try to view photos. The micro-blogging company has now released an update to its app, bringing back some of the lost functionality.
On Monday, Dec. 10, Twitter announced on its official blog that its Android and iOS apps now sport eight different Instagram-like photo filters, with image effects built by photo editing software company Aviary. Users can choose from "vignette, black & white, warm, cool, vintage, cinematic, happy and gritty," each filter adding an Instagram-like touch to photos taken within the Twitter app.
"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. As one of the most compelling forms of self-expression, photos have long been an important part of these experiences," wrote Twitter. "Starting today, you'll be able to edit and refine your photos, right from Twitter. The latest versions of Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for Android introduce a few new ways to enhance the images you tweet. We're grateful to our partner, Aviary, for powering our filters and effects."
To use Twitter's brand new photo editing feature, users first have to take a picture, then select the preferred filter by either tapping on a preview in grid view or by swiping through the eight choices available to compare how each filter suits the image.
In addition to the new Instagram-like filters, Twitter's image editor also brings cropping and one-touch auto-enhance capabilities, which are implemented in a similar manner to Apple's Photos app. Cropping can either preserve the aspect ratio of the original picture, or bound it to a square for easier viewing on a Twitter timeline.
The update is already available for download for both Android and iOS, from the Google Play and App Store, respectively. For more details on Twitter's new photo filters, head to the company's blog and watch the presentation video.