Are we finally getting Instagram on Windows Phone 8? Don't count on it!

The Windows Phone platform is lagging behind its Android and iOS competitors when it comes to the overall number of apps available, and the number of developers willing to bring their apps to a product with, what is currently, a low market share. And with the majority of the social networking giants - Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc - offering an official Windows Phone application it’s no surprise that an official Instagram app is one that users a calling out for.

The rumours, kind-of confirmations and third-party applications have been tearing up the Internet for weeks now. So just to add more fuel to the fire, here’s another one!

An image has appeared, courtesy of an eagle eye reader, on WPCentral that shows an Instagram live tile on the home screen of a Nokia Lumia 620. The picture, taken in Portugal, is of an advert for the handset.

While we have had it confirmed that Instagram is coming to Windows Phone, by Nokia at least, there are a few third party apps that use the Instagram logo for their app. Instagram Tweets and Winstagram are two that come to mind right away. Also, the icon in the image above looks, well, squashed. One might think that the advertisers are attempting to sway consumer’s opinions by making them think that an Instagram app is available on the Windows Phone platform. Not that it’s not, just not an official one.

An image from WPDang suggesting that Instagram is available on Windows Phone

So, it’s yet another will it or won’t it card to add to the pile of Instagram stories doing the rounds. But with Windows Phone gradually converting consumers and slowly gaining market share, an official Instagram app might help swell those numbers a little more.

Source and Images: WPCentral and WPDang
Via: WPDang (Needs a translator)

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I've read the reason is because the founder of instagram is all butt hurt that he got fired from Microsoft so he refuses to develop for WP. But who knows. In any case, I wouldn't use it.

Sorry but all these companies make so much money that it should be absolutely no issue at all for them to write a mobile app for anything. If they all weren't so damn greedy we (consumers) wouldn't get f***ed like that on every corner. Unless I suck up to some Apple or Google bs I'm not important to them? Screw all you then. Good thing I can care less about some douche baggy photo sharing service....

Regardless of whether you like Instagram or not, its a big deal for a lot of users, some are not buying WP because of this. If the new Instance App shows anything, its that Instagram is missing out. I think the Instance app was one of the fastest growing apps to date, and the guy is charging for it, Instagram could be doing the same

I really do not see what all the big fuss is about this particular app and having to have it, I had Instagram on my Android phone I have Instance on Windows Phone, I hardly ever open it. As you can tell from my forum signature there is a link to my instagram profile.

I don't use or like instgram but apparently it is the only app chicks and hipsters use. At this point gees MS just needs to pony up some big bucks and pay these dumb asses at instagram to make an official app.

If a joe shmoe can make a really functional instagram app and get a ton of downloads and money you'd think instagram itself to cobble together an app.

WTF is the problem with the devs at instagram? WP8 is actually picking up some steam.

Why develop and put instagram on a platform that has such a low user base. It does not make sense. Focus is important.

It takes 1 minute to do so, if we just put applications on the dominant user base we have that user base become more dominant. If Android didn't get any apps developed for it then it would never of taken off.

I have no idea what % of the market WP holds but whatever, it's going to be a lot of people.
I don't get why a developer wouldn't want to have their application used. Have the instagram devs spoken on why there is no official client for WP?

#so #that #they #can #post #pictures #of #their #meals #with #the #corner #of #their #macbook #in #the #photo #while #having #everything #in #the #photo #as #a #hashtag

Sums it up nicely. My sister does exactly this... and I just cringe. Unfortunately there are many people who use these type of apps, so WP needs to have them all if it is going to make it big time. I don't like the idea of beautiful Lumia 920 photos being spoiled by these 'filters' but that seems to be what quite a few people want.

It is not a need, nor a fad - it is the digital age we are in. You and I might not use Instagram (granted, I do have an account but don't use it), but it is just where this digital age is bringing consumers to. As for why it is needed? Because it generates jobs, and people are having fun using it, so let them use it.

Pathetic advertising. And pathetic love for Instagram. It is overrated. It's time for Windows fans to be unique, one of their kind but it seems they would rather be a part of InstaHerd.

Consumers wait for more apps, app developers wait for more consumers.. and neither grow. The endless Cold War of the digital age. -.-"

lmaobox said,
lol, "digital age" is strong word for issue which is Windows exclusive.

Every platform has these growing pains. .

Being these companies do not want to spend the resources to port these apps and take a wait-and-see approach. Why can't Microsoft send their own developers out and help these companies make a WP version? To me its a win-win.

M_Lyons10 said,

Every platform has these growing pains. .

Windows Phone has been out for 2.5 years, you can no longer use that excuse.

As an example after the same time period Android had ten times the market share that WP has now. Android was an entirely new platform and the first operating system from google. Microsoft has been making mobile operating systems for 13 years.