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Tumblr gets a cleaner layout and more features (pictures)

With better ways to post content from your smartphone, the latest Tumblr app is easier to use than ever.

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The updated Tumblr app is a marked improvement over previous versions, with new ways to post content and do just about everything from your smartphone.

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Home screen

Tap the house-shaped icon in the lower left to go the home screen. Here is where you'll see the latest posts from all the people you follow on Tumblr.

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Search and discover

The search screen shows you trending posts and gives you a bunch of recommended people to follow. Start here to get the lay of the land and follow some posts that interest you.

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Post types

When you touch the post button, you get a screen of the various post types to choose from.

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Write your blog

Text posts open in a window that's similar to an email client. Just add a title at the top and start writing.

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Photo posts

Whether it's a photo or video post, the Tumblr app will ask for access to your library. You also have the option to open up your iPhone camera from within the app for a new photo or video.

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