Nokia rumored to land Instagram as an exclusive WP app

Nokia has done a fantastic job at differentiating its product with bright colors and by also creating exclusive apps for its products that you can’t get on any other Windows Phone.

Knowing that Nokia loves exclusive applications, a new rumor from WPdang, who gets about two-thirds of these types of things right, is stating that Instagram, the popular photo application on iOS and Android, is coming to Windows Phone but as a Nokia exclusive.

If this turns out to be true, it could be a huge win for Nokia as Instagram has been a thorn in the side of Microsoft because the app is highly desired by many of its users. If Nokia does nab this as an exclusive app, we suspect it would likely be a timed exclusive.

In addition, WMpoweruser states that they have been watching the Instagram job boards for some time and have yet to see them put out any listings for a Windows Phone developer. If true, it’s likely that a third party has built the application, much like the recently released Twitter app.

No word on when the application will be released but we hope that it's soon as who knows how long Instagram will stay popular.

Source: WPdang | Via: WMPoweruser

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Yay! I love my 920, and love the new campaign Nokia kicked off today for Instagram. Bring it to my Lumia already!!!

What is the bring draw to Instagram? Is it the filters or the social aspects of it? We have a lot of options for filters on WP8 and much better options than Instagram...plus it is one less account we have to sign up for!

You might speak for minority of people, but majority do want apps like Yelp, Angry Birds, Draw Something and Instagram to be available on all phones. It's a network effect. The app itself might not be amazing, but when all your friends use it, that makes it more usable and desirable.

Not even sure why anyone uses Instagram honestly. Pics with crappy filters shared to a social media site. Facebook with a lens can easily serve the same purpose.

I guess we need to satisfy the hipster quotient.

All valid points, but there are those that don't wish to use facebook anymore. Like Facebook and Twitter, Instagram is its own social network as well. I know plenty of friends that just use twitter and instagram with out facebook

wv@gt said,
All valid points, but there are those that don't wish to use facebook anymore. Like Facebook and Twitter, Instagram is its own social network as well. I know plenty of friends that just use twitter and instagram with out facebook

Doesn't Facebook own instagram?

Great news for Nokia, and am glad to have bought a Lumia. Nokia really is the flagship brand for WP now.
however should this really be good news for the WP platform...sure Instagram is finally coming, but fragmenting apps based on company, not sure this is the best approach. Nokia could at least offer the apps to the other oems but for a small fee in the app store.

Even if all this is true, I really doubt it will remain exclusive for very long. After all they released their own map apps for other devices, I really don't see them holding Instagram exclusive forever...

I'd hope this is true, albeit in a timed-exclusive way. Windows Phone could really use Instagram.

More than that, however, Windows Phone could really use a decent Facebook app. The Twitter update was amazing, now Microsoft just needs to update its own Facebook app.

bushbrother said,
Most over-rated app ever ...

You'd be surprised the number of people on this website make it *THE* most critical application they need for their mobile phone.

I have never understood the point in it, am I missing where it differs from your phone being able to upload to Facebook or Twitter already? What else does it do beside Sepia?

Mr Nom Nom's said,

You'd be surprised the number of people on this website make it *THE* most critical application they need for their mobile phone.

It depends upon the "critical" number of people using it and as soon as that "critical" number falls, pretty sure people will also stop naming it as the "critical" app! One thing which matters in app world is the uniqueness and brand value of the app other than obviously the quality and they all are mutually exclusive. App can be successful based on any of those three. Quality might be missing in this case, but brand value still manages to survive in some form.

I'm not mad at being a Nokia exclusive (even though I have a 920) only because they are showing they are committed to making their phones great all around. HTC is showing some differentiation but they aren't "fully committed" like Nokia, so I don't see this as a problem.

I hope this is true.
I jumped on Nokia for their commitment to the platform.

Now I'll be able to return the favour and annoy all my friends with my food in sepia tone.

I am going to join Instagram just to post pics of my Lumia running Instagram, so I can Instagram while I Instagram.

You have to hand it to Nokia. They are really doing a solid job differentiating phones from other windows phones in hardware, design, and software.

Fus10n said,
lol.. I remember when they made an Android app and the iPhone community was angry .

Hands-down the most retarded thing to happen that year.