Instagram Android app adds tilt-shift

Instagram has not long been a feature on Android. The app first became popular on iOS handsets. However its introduction on Android was met with enthusiastic popularity, with thousands downloading the app. Now Instagram has added the popular tilt-shift feature to its Android version.

The feature will give the users photos more depth and a blur that is realistic, if the iOS version is anything to go by. It might convince people who have hesitated in getting an Android device in the past, to visit their local O2 to purchase one. It isn’t unusual for an apps availability and features to sway users.

The tilt-shift feature, to explain, allows users to alter the depth of field of their images, with a mere swipe or two of their finger. So, if you want to add a blur to put emphasis to a certain part of the picture, you can.

Instagram had this to say in a recent blog post on the subject:

“Tilt-shift within mobile photography applications is often the process of selective focus in order to simulate a miniature scene, also known as miniature faking.”

Confused? They explain further: “Selective focus can also be used to give the appearance of a shallow depth of field, or placing the focus on a subject in the background while blurring out the foreground and vice versa.”

Instagram has been in the news a lot recently. The app that has more than 50 million users, was recently purchased by Facebook for $1 billion, the largest amount the company has ever forked out.

This feature truly is cool on both iOS and Android. No doubt the user base will expand further in the months to come.

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