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Instagram launches first iOS & Android updates since Facebook takeover

Instagram on Monday rolled out its first update since Facebook snapped up the popular photo-filter application for $1 billion.

Apple iOS and Android users received upgrades, bumping the app up to version 2.5 and 1.1.4, respectively.

The most notable change on both operating systems is the 'Explore' tab, which was swapped for the former 'Popular' tab, and now sports a new compass-like icon leading to the top-ranking snapshots.

The update also gave the Profile tab a cleaner look, added the ability to search for users and tags in the Explore tab, improved commenting, and pumped up its speed optimisation, according to the iTunes Store app description.

Touting its Facebook connection, the app now offers the option to share 'likes' to the social network, though the option seems to be strictly an iPhone feature.

The iOS app also removed the two-click process to pull photos from the phone's Camera Roll into Instagram. Now, just tap and hold the camera button, and users will be brought directly there.

Instagram has been staying busy this year. In March, it partnered with Hipstamatic to bring more photo options to iPhone users, and launched its Android app before being sold to Facebook in April, the same month that it hit No. 1 on the iTunes app chart.

The most recent version of Instagram is available in the iTunes Store and on Google Play.