Instagram tailors Android app to devices of all sizes

The Facebook-owned app is meant to be faster, cleaner, and easier to use -- no matter which Android device you have.

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Facebook-owned Instagram has released a new version of its Android application that speeds things up a bit and better suits the particular needs of those toting around a device running Google's operating system.

Instagram for Android, version 5.1, was released Tuesday on Google Play.

The revamped application is said to be easier to use and overall more responsive in nature. The app's look has also been modified to accommodate devices of varying sizes with simplified visuals for smaller phones and buttons in reach for bigger devices.

"It's the same Instagram for Android you know and love -- faster, cleaner and easier to use than ever," the company said in a blog post on the new release.

The Instagram-for-all-devices version comes almost exactly two years after Instagram first arrived on the Android platform. The application spent its first 17 months on iPhone where it gathered an audience of 30 million registered users. Immediately after crossing over, Instagram was picked up by Facebook. The application now has 150 million monthly active users.

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