Instagram's Android-first update adds two nifty new photo editing tools

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It’s the little things in life that can really put a smile on your face. Today marks the first time that Instagram pushed an update to add features on Android before its iOS counterpart. Not only does that give Android users (modest) bragging rights, but the updated app also comes with two new tools that are worth trying out.

instagram color and fade

Instagram’s new Color and Fade features let you literally colorize a photo or add a bit of fade to it.

The first is called Color and it allows you to add a bit of a colored tint to your images. The other is called Fade, and it quite literally softens the colors and makes it appear as if the photo has faded over time. Because your photos aren't filtered to look vintage enough, hipsters.

The story behind the story: The addition of these two new features seems like a direct response to the increasing popularity of VSCO Cam, which has offered both these tools for quite some time. Instagram will have to continue adding features that let you tweak every nook and cranny of a photo if it’s going to compete with other mobile photo editing applications. Granted, neither of those apps have the same social networking prowess as Instagram, but they sure are better at photo editing. Oh—and they don’t mess up your image quality the way Instagram does on Android, either.

Version 6.19.0 is currently rolling out in the Google Play Store to an Android device near you. Instagram says it’ll be updated in a few days in the iTunes App Store, too, so be sure to make a big deal of having it first it while you still can.

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