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Instagram redesigns mobile photo pages

Instagram this week rolled out a redesigned mobile photo page.

The new pages look and feel more like the Web-based photo pages, and make it easier for people to interact with pictures while outside the Instagram app, according to the company's blog.

Once logged in, friends can like and comment on photos directly from a mobile Web browser, or transition seamlessly into Instagram from the mobile photos page by clicking the new "open in app" button. That also provides access to your profile page and the rest of your photo feed.

Instagram's Web and mobile updates have been slowly rolling out over the summer, beginning with a website upgrade to allow comments and likes on photos, plus larger images – a benefit for iPad users.

In July, rumours pointed to more changes that could mean the addition of users' profiles on the Web – a rumour that Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom denied, saying that the company's focus remains on the mobile experience.

A deeper Internet presence could come in handy now that Facebook's acquisition of the photo-sharing app is complete.

Late last month, the Federal Trade Commission and California Department of Corporations gave the thumbs up to the social network's purchase of Instagram, allowing the estimated $1 billion (£616 million) agreement to move forward. The deal was first announced in April, shortly after Instagram launched its Android app.

The Android and iOS apps got a boost in August when the latest version of the photo-sharing app introduced an interactive "photo map" feature that plots where users' images were taken. Version 3.0 is now available in the Apple App Store and the Google Play store.