New updates for Facebook and Instagram app give you more reasons to selfie-flood your friends

New filters come to Instagram while Facebook will auto-enhance your pictures
Facebook and Instagram update their apps with more photo features

Instagram and its parent company Facebook are making the rounds today with minor but useful, photo-centric updates for their apps.

Facebook Auto-enhance

Facebook and Instagram update their apps with more photo features

Facebook gets a useful, one-tap auto-enhance feature that adjusts the lighting and shadows for clarity; which is great, as smartphone cameras in the collective sense need all the help they can get.

If you don’t like the enhancement suggested, there’s a slider that lets you tweak the adjustments to your liking. It’s perfectly understandable that you can’t do much with it as it’s not Facebook’s intent to include a Snapseed-like plugin. The auto-enhance feature is just a convenient, in-app way of enhancing a picture that gets the job done most of the time.

For now, the feature is available on iOS only, and will come to Android soon.

Instagram gets new filters

It may come as a surprise to you, but Instagram’s filter update marks the first time they’ve added new filters in two years – rather peculiar for an app that relies on filters as one of its key propositions. Anyhoo, the new filters are… {drum roll}: Slumber (shown in cover pic), Crema, Ludwig, Aden and Perpetua.

Facebook and Instagram update their apps with more photo features
Facebook and Instagram update their apps with more photo features
Facebook and Instagram update their apps with more photo features

In typical fashion, the references are so obscure (to non arty-farty types like, at least) that there’s no way you can know what sort of filter that the names typify. But we can say that they look pretty good.

Instagram calls these filters their “best yet,” and goes on to add that “they soften and subtly shift colours to achieve the look and feel you want for each photo.” Sounds suitably vague, but then again you can’t really blame them for that; the best way to know about these filters is to try them out yourself.

Facebook and Instagram update their apps with more photo features

In addition to the new filters, Instagram now gives you the ability to manage them: you can now arrange the order of the filters, and hide the ones you seldom use. It’s a very thoughtful feature to have if you aren’t keen to play finger treadmill just to get to the filter at the end of the list every single time.

Unlike Facebook, the new Instagram updates are available now on both iOS and Android.

[Source: InstagramTechcrunchThe Verge]