Visual Supply Company (VSCO) has just released version 3.0 of its popular VSCO Cam for Android, bringing the experience more in-line with its iOS counterpart. The free app is now tightly integrated with the VSCO Grid publishing platform, letting users to search and explore a curated gallery of work from the VSCO community.
“This update also enables users to follow photographers within the VSCO community and view their latest images in a personal feed, an ever-changing gallery that honors art and artist,” VSCO says in a release. Once you follow particular users, you’ll see photos in your feed when you launch the app or head to the Home section of the app. The app also allows you participate by uploading your shots.
As The Next Web points out, Grid has an Instagram-like approach in the way photos are presented. (VSCO says millions of creative photos have been uploaded since launching in mid-2013.) Besides following other users, you can also share the stuff you like to Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. But while Instagram has a “popularity” component that’s user driven, Grid focuses on the photos that are picked by their Curation Team. “Consistent with the VSCO ethos that beautiful imagery trumps social clout, number of followers and likes are absent from the platform.” Unlike Instagram, you can tap on a photo and view some of the EXIF metadata, like aperture, ISO, and flash, as well date, time, and location.
Version 3.0 also adds some changes to the user interface and user experience, but the biggest update is the Grid integration.