Instagram is coming to Android "very soon"

Instagram's founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger told TechCrunch that an Android version of the application is coming "really soon" when talked to at SXSW earlier today. The app is definitely getting close to launch, despite the on-going rumours of whether or not the Android platform would get the app. On stage, Systrom pulled out a Galaxy Nexus running a prototype of the app and flashed it at the crowd. He then said:

"It's one of the most amazing Android apps you'll ever see and in some ways, it's better than our iPhone app."

The app is currently in private beta, and the team hopes "to have it out to people really soon." The Android app is apparently very fast, responsive and renders itself on larger screens just as effectively as it does for smaller screens. Functionality with Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, and other social networks will also work just as well as the iPhone version.

Additionally, Systrom confirmed that Instagram has grown to over 27 million registered users which is almost double the 15 million announced back in December 2011. The growth seemed to sky-rocket when Apple highlighted it as the app of the year.

We'll give you a heads up when the Instagram is available for Android.

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I haven't ever used it. I installed it on my iPhone, but when I saw that it required me to sign up for an account I didn't bother.

That being said, there sure are a lot of whinny people on Neowin these days. So what if the effects of trendy? I find that my friends that actually take the time to make adjustments to their photos post much more interesting photos to Facebook than people who just post pictures unadjusted. You people are so caught up in what's cool and what's not cool because it is too trendy (umm, like a hipster, ffs) that being a naysayer just makes you a hypocrite, really.

Lets use modern day technology to make our photos look faded and like they're from a 1970s disposable camera. Then lets show everyone how cool we are. Hooray for narcissism.

Forget that, give me the 41mp cam from Nokia.

laserfloyd said,
Lets use modern day technology to make our photos look faded and like they're from a 1970s disposable camera. Then lets show everyone how cool we are. Hooray for narcissism.

Forget that, give me the 41mp cam from Nokia.


And that camera will not be used to show any aspects of your private life to others?

Also, what on Earth do narcissism have to do with a sepia effect.

Instagram?? well let it come or not...dont care.... I miss Windows hotmail Skydrive in android
When will it come to andriod?

pearleye said,
Instagram?? well let it come or not...dont care.... I miss Windows hotmail Skydrive in android
When will it come to andriod?

You could always try some decent cloud storage like Box.com or Dropbox instead of the crippled Skydrive

Instagram hate is so stupid. You don't have to use it. Personally it's the only thing i've ever been jealous off - being an android user.

Sure all the effects have become really trendy, but as a social network, i'd rather use it than facebook anyday. There are plenty of alternatives for android but whats the point when all your friends are on the instagram network.

It's about time this released for Android. It's not a very complicated App.. How developers state its better than the iOS app, rocks my brain because it has minimal features....

johnnyftw said,
It's about time this released for Android. It's not a very complicated App.. How developers state its better than the iOS app, rocks my brain because it has minimal features....

Probably something like how Pulse is better on Android, than it is on iOS.

johnnyftw said,
It's about time this released for Android. It's not a very complicated App.. How developers state its better than the iOS app, rocks my brain because it has minimal features....
Because it has more features on Android?

I mean this is the actual developers saying it so somehow I think they're telling the truth.

(Spork) said,
instagram is pretty cool on ios
Yeah it was cool, I didn't use it too often, I had a iPhone 4S for a short period but the app alone was enjoyable(considering a lot of my friens used it).. But i shortly switched back and started developing again on my nexus.

ThePitt said,
like we need another company to take our private life and share to advertisements corporations.

you dont have to use it. you know that right?

Papz said,

Amazing how a OS can determine who people are.......

When you consider all the other stupid s**t that people use to identify themselves, why does a mobile OS stand out as so amazing?

Papz said,

Amazing how a OS can determine who people are.......

amazing and a sad truth... some people have become this shallow

virtorio said,
Do hipsters even use Android?

Being a hipster used to be cool, and then hipsters like you came along and started calling everyone a hipster.

A mixture of frugality, respect for some of the past, and a desire to demonstrate that new things don't define who you are all blend together to create this step. Naturally, you'll need to wrestle with the inconsistency of this step with the fact that loving shiny new Apple products and brand new clothes from certain labels is also a side of a true hipster...

http://www.wikihow.com/Be-a-Hipster

LMAO!

Shadrack said,

Being a hipster used to be cool, and then hipsters like you came along and started calling everyone a hipster.


I used to be a hipster like you... then I took an arrow to the knee.

Asmodai said,

I used to be a hipster like you... then I took an arrow to the knee.

lol!

I guess I'm too old to understand wtf you guys keep going on about with this whole 'hipster' crap. Back in my day, hipster was basically the same as a beatnick and I remember thinking beatnicks were cool. They were trendy in their own social group, but didn't have much money so the whole "shiny new apple product" connection alludes me.

Shadrack said,

lol!

I guess I'm too old to understand wtf you guys keep going on about with this whole 'hipster' crap. Back in my day, hipster was basically the same as a beatnick and I remember thinking beatnicks were cool. They were trendy in their own social group, but didn't have much money so the whole "shiny new apple product" connection alludes me.

Yes, the hipsters of today have evolved. They now spend their parents money on Starbucks and Apple products.

UndergroundWire said,

Yes, the hipsters of today have evolved. They now spend their parents money on Starbucks and Apple products.

Ok, would someone please send me a memo when calling someone "cool" becomes a derogatory thing to say? Kids these days.

Shadrack said,

Ok, would someone please send me a memo when calling someone "cool" becomes a derogatory thing to say? Kids these days.

It was like a year and a half ago

Shadrack said,

Ok, would someone please send me a memo when calling someone "cool" becomes a derogatory thing to say? Kids these days.

Funny story. I was at Starbuck's over the weekend. My girlfriend asked me what I wanted and I told her. Then she asked me what size. I said "whatever they consider a medium cup is. I don't speak hipster".

So if hipster was "cool", why did the lady behind the counter give me a dirty look?

I'm sorry if you fit the profile of hipster and you are hurt by these comments.

thealexweb said,

Is it like Flickr?


One can think of it like a Flickr for mobile users. It's much more spontaneous and integrates much better with social networks.

Edit: Actually, thinking about it a bit more with the feed focus, follows, and all... Maybe "a visual Twitter" is a better comparison.

Northgrove said,

One can think of it like a Flickr for mobile users. It's much more spontaneous and integrates much better with social networks.

Edit: Actually, thinking about it a bit more with the feed focus, follows, and all... Maybe "a visual Twitter" is a better comparison.

Ah okay thanks

myxomatosis said,
Hurray! We need more social networks...


Yeah, that's the sound of your sarcasm detector.. it broke.


Can I bill you for the damage?

myxomatosis said,
Hurray! We need more social networks...


Yeah, that's the sound of your sarcasm detector.. it broke.


Who're "we" here? Instagram is very successful with tens of millions of users. Apparently many want it. As for actually needing something, well, we don't NEED a single one.