Perhaps to again say sorry for its recent terms-of-service fiasco, Instagram has offered users a peace offering in the form of a new filter and support for more than two dozen additional languages.
The photo-sharing service, which just abandoned advertising-related changes that caused an uproar this week, has released an update for its iOS and Android apps. The update makes Instagram more accessible to non-English speakers, with "new and improved" translations for Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, and 22 other languages. A full list of newly supported languages is below.
"Enjoying photos on Instagram may not require written language, but translating Instagram helps all users understand how to use the product by explaining concepts like: following, liking, hashtags, photo maps & locations," the Facebook-owned company wrote in a blog post. "We use very few words in our product, but when we do they're very important words to understand."
In addition to the new languages, the update brings a brand-new filter, dubbed Mayfair. The filter has a "warm pink tone, subtle vignetting that brightens the center of the photograph, and a thin black border." Instagram said it works best with evenly and well-lit scenes.
The latest version of the app will also recognise if a user has enabled Facebook integration with iOS 6, making the process of signing up for an account and connecting Instagram with Facebook even simpler. The company also rolled out some user-suggested improvements for its iOS version, including the ability to select photos from an album other than the Camera Roll. Also, photos taken with the front-facing camera will no longer be mirrored – a huge improvement for self photo-shoots.
In addition, the latest version of Instagram for Android allows Facebook page moderators to connect and share directly to a brand page.
This is the second Instagram update this month. The company recently updated its iOS and Android apps, with new camera features and another new photo filter dubbed Willow.
The update adds support for the following languages: Afrikaans, Chinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Malay, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai, and Turkish.