Instagram update brings Facebook 'Like' integration, new discovery tools

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Instagram issued an updated version of its popular photo sharing application for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS, its first significant overhaul since Facebook acquired the service for $1 billion in April.

The free Instagram version 2.5.0 includes integration with Facebook's signature 'Like' button, enabling users to more efficiently share and spotlight their favorite photos via their social networking profile. Facebook expanded the Like button social plug-in to third-party mobile apps and websites last week.

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Instagram 2.5.0 includes integration with Facebook's signature 'Like' button.

The Instagram overhaul also touts the Explore tab, which replaces the app's Popular tab with expanded tools enabling users to search for photos by browsing hashtags and usernames. The update additionally features improved commenting capabilities and search auto-complete for people the user already follows as well as visual improvements and speed optimizations.

First introduced for iOS in October 2010, Instagram enables users to snap, filter and manipulate photos then upload their work to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and foursquare. More than 30 million registered Instagram users on iOS upload more than 5 million photos every day.

Instagram expanded to Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android operating system in April 2012, generating more than a million downloads in fewer than 24 hours. Facebook acquired the firm days later: "It's important to be clear that Instagram is not going away," Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom wrote in a blog entry announcing the deal. "We'll be working with Facebook to evolve Instagram and build the network. We'll continue to add new features to the product and find new ways to create a better mobile photos experience."

For more:
- read this Verge article

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