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Developers are pushing out some major app updates before their holiday vacations. Many of the major photo apps on iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 released new tools and features just in time for holiday photo shoots.

Here's a few app updates that caught our eye:

  • Hipstamatic's Oggl gets a makeover for iOS, with its Windows Phone 8 version in line to get the update in a few weeks.
  • Flickr now allows for web embedding (as seen at the top of the page), creating a grey area for re-posting images in blogs. Flickr is a popular photo sharing app for iOS, Android and Windows Phone 8 users as well as social networking tool for professional and hobbyist photographers. Some photographers worry that easy photo embedding will increase the improper use of Flickr-shared photos while others like the feature because it will let them see more stats on shared images.
  • Camera+ got a sleigh full of new features for Christmas. Just to name a few new tools, there's Clarity Pro, straighten, tint, duotone, soft focus, vignette, shooting refinements and iPhone wallpaper crops. See all of them here.
  • texBlend—a new texture-blending app for iOS—has all sorts of ways to give your iPhone photos a little something extra. Create your own textures or use one of texBlend's pre-made filters.
  • Meanwhile, the Instagram beta app for Windows Phone 8 now lets you tag people in photos and see your images on Instagram's Photo Maps.

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