Instagram for Android released

In March, the creators of the popular iOS photo app Instagram announced that an Android port was in development and would be released "very soon." One of Instagram's co-founders, Kevin Systrom, even claimed, "It's one of the most amazing Android apps you'll ever see and in some ways, it's better than our iPhone app."

Now Android owners can see if those lofty claims are indeed true as the Android Instagram app, which supports Android 2.2 and above, is now available to download for free via the Google Play store. Like the iOS version, the Android port allows its users a way to add a number of different filter effects to their smartphone and tablet pictures for both front and rear cameras.

Instagram also has some special filters that allow for more detail to be shown in smartphone pictures. Like the iOS app, the Instagram app for Android allows people to share their pictures on a variety of social networking services, including Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare, with Flickr support coming "soon". There's support for other people to "like" and comment on your Instagram photos.

A few weeks ago, Systrom said that the app had 27 million registered users and it's likely that the release of the Android version will boost those numbers even higher.

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the only reason i want instagram on wp is that its one less app that ppl can point to and say "its not availabe on wp". which every article or review mentions.

I still dont see the point of this software.... Dosnt Flicker or something do the same thing?

Im on WP, and im not waiting for Instagram..

brent3000 said,
I still dont see the point of this software.... Dosnt Flicker or something do the same thing?

Im on WP, and im not waiting for Instagram..

Exactly. How is this any different/better than Google Plus Instant Upload?

Don't see what the big deal is, tried it and uninstalled it. I've had Pixlr-o-magic installed for a while, it does the exact same thing as Instagram.

I guess since it was big on iOS its getting hype for android version.

dancedar said,
Same. Great photos, ruined. It's like letting an emo teen Photoshop my photos. No, thanks.
Yes, agreed. The concept of this app is pretty terrible. Why ruin photos? I can already take good photos and share them via the camera application...

dancedar said,
Same. Great photos, ruined. It's like letting an emo teen Photoshop my photos. No, thanks.

Don't use it then, with over 27 million registered users, it proves people like the concept. Personally I think its a fun app, and you don't have to put effects on the photos if you don't want too, you can just share your photos with friends, if you have any of course.

Arron said,

Don't use it then, with over 27 million registered users, it proves people like the concept. Personally I think its a fun app, and you don't have to put effects on the photos if you don't want too, you can just share your photos with friends, if you have any of course.

And how exactly is this app different than the numerous apps on the android market that do the exact same freaking thing, and actually share to just about all apps on your phone. Not just the preselected instagram ones?

I gave a buddy of mine a spare android and the first thing he said after taking a photo with a random filter app is "Wow, i can share it with any app on here directly from the camera app"

Koki.v3 said,
Okay, now do Windows Phone.

Fhotoroom is available for WP, and a bunch of other alternatives as well I'm sure.

Daniel_Pooh said,

They need to just make one OS for phones not so many its stoopid.

and maybe get rid of those fidly touchscreens and go back to a having 12 buttons?
Just 4 lines of text would be enough of a screen