Instagram photos get major resolution boost

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Instagram users may have already noticed an improvement in picture quality over the past several days. Last week the company announced it would roll out higher resolution uploads and photo viewing on its iOS and Android apps. For those keeping track, current Instagram resolution is 640 x 640 pixels. The upgrade will bring image resolution up to 1080 x 1080, almost tripling the number of pixels in each photo. Even better, the update will not require Instagram fans to download a new version of the app.

The change in image resolution was announced by Mike Krieger, one of the founders of Instagram.

Several updates to the Instagram app have been released lately, including version 7.1.1. This latest update brings a redesigned Explore tab to Instagram users in the US, including:

- Trending tags and places
- Curated collections
- Places search

Instagram has also added improved search features across the board:

- Search by location
- Search all posts

Instagram boasts 300 million users. Some were disappointed when Facebook acquired the company in 2012, and decided to close their Instagram accounts. There are many alternatives to Instagram available, however the app along with its Facebook integration remains incredibly popular. Instagram is available free on iTunes, and requires iOS 7.0 or later.