Nokia says Instagram is coming to Windows Phone

One of the major reasons that users continue to overlook Windows Phone when choosing a new handset is the absence of key apps that are important to them. While it's true that there are now well over 150,000 apps available on the platform, there are still many gaps to be filled. 

Perhaps the most obvious example - and almost always the one that's brought up in any discussion of what's missing from Windows Phone - is Instagram. There have been efforts to plug the gap through third-party products such as Instagraph, but of course there's nothing quite like the real thing. Nokia clearly understands that, given the efforts that they've made to raise the profile of Instagram among Windows Phone users.

An image surfaced last month (above) claiming to show the official Instagram app on the Windows Phone Store, but questions were raised at the time about whether the image was genuine. But as WPCentral discovered, Nokia has now spilled the beans, revealing that Instagram is indeed on the way. 

The revelation was made on the Nokia Sweden Facebook page, in response to a customer enquiry about the app. He was told that "Instagram is on the way but can't give an exact date right now". That response has since been pulled from Facebook, but the screen-grab below captured the exchange. 

 

Whether the removal of the exchange indicates that someone misspoke, or confirms that it was true and was removed to protect commercially sensitive information, is open to debate of course. But like the folks from WPCentral, we too have heard from well-placed sources that an Instagram app has already been developed for Windows Phone.


Not the real deal, of course - but the real thing is "on the way".

One source has told us that it will initially be a Nokia exclusive, available only for owners of Lumia handsets before being made available to other Windows Phone users after an unspecified period of time. 

The evidence is certainly mounting - it now appears to be a matter of when, not if, Instagram will come to Windows Phone. 

Source and lower image: WPCentral | Upper image via @anontechleaks

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Maybe not one, but if people depend on multiple apps that the platform doesn't have and know that future apps that they might want aren't coming to the platform, it's more understandable.

They're about a stupid as anyone who choses a product because it does what they want, over a product that doesn't do what they want.

Soldiers33 said,
how stupid can people get? They choose a phone becuase of an app.

When it comes to choosing my next phone I would go for a Lumia purely on hardware and on the out of box OS but I would have to pass because for WP being a bit appless. I did a comparison of the apps I have installed to whats in the windows store. I would have to give up three quarters of my currently used apps.

Yeah, but the thing is people complaining actually about instragram, most likely were the ones that complained before about weight, and before about size, and before about screen size, etc. Before that they used to say 3.5" surely was top size screen, and that thinner wasn't so important, and failed or broken calls was their fault and not the device's, etc. My point is; they will still complain about something else even if mayor apps like instagram come to WP8 with the top smartphone!

Soldiers33 said,
how stupid can people get? They choose a phone becuase of an app.

While I don't use instagram and wouldn't really see myself using it, it is more of access to a service then an app. Since there are plenty of Windows Phone apps that do picture filters, there should be an alternative to the official instagram app. But the API used is closed off from 3rd party developers for uploading images, so Windows Phone has been left without the service rather then simply an App, and that itself sucks.

It's a real shame too, since you could have some really good integration from automatic uploading to instagram, to lense/camera features directly from the camera button on the phone.

thealexweb said,

When it comes to choosing my next phone I would go for a Lumia purely on hardware and on the out of box OS but I would have to pass because for WP being a bit appless. I did a comparison of the apps I have installed to whats in the windows store. I would have to give up three quarters of my currently used apps.

but are those all inreplaceable apps such as Instagram (athough WP now has instagraph)? Or are they like a specific to android/ios youtube, weather or twitter app? Because comparing those is rather unfair. Between android and ios there is also a different when it comes to apps available for such mainstream features.

A better comparison would be to see how many features provided to you by apps arent available on WP. Because besides instagram I dont think WP is missing out on much. Perhaps some of ios' killer games. But then again WP has its own set of cool games as well. Which btw also goes for regular apps. You might miss some of your current apps buy if I were to switch to android I would also miss some of my current musthave apps.

Soldiers33 said,
how stupid can people get? They choose a phone becuase of an app.

I would agree with you if it was a weather app. But if 20 friends and relatives are using Instagram and you can't, that can actually be a pretty big deal. It'd basically be like "These guys share photos with each other, but you aren't allowed in to the party because you picked the wrong phone."

ambiance said,
What's Swedish for who gives a ****?

"Who cares?" = "Vem bryr sig?"

To give it that extra edge with a curse, you could use "vem fan bryr sig".

PeterF said,
I wonder how often Instagram is used to cover up crappy phone camera quality ;-)

It's more often used to cover for poor photography and uninteresting subjects.

A typical 8 Megapixel mobile photo crammed down to Instagram's 612x612 - 1936x1936 (~1.2 MP - 4 MP depending on phone) actually provides pretty awesome quality and often not distinguishable from DSLR photos. The pixel peeping-visible blur is since a long time gone thanks the the downsampling, and often much of the noise from darkness and poor high ISO performance too. Not that you're going to be able to make big prints from the photos...

This is great news. It not all about apps to me I really only need the most popular. Instagram is a welcome addition but I would also like a credit card reader app like Square or Intuit. I still can use intuit by placing a shortcut on my homescreen and punching the numbers in but its not as fast. Please release a square app for WP8!! Am I the only one who thinks this is important?

Oh, teenage girls around the world will be delighted. Surely they're the only ones who would care to put 'cool' filters on photos.

What a Fad.

the more i mess with my wifes 920 the more i like it onlything really stopping me is the lack of apps that i like to use ... my wife loved instagram when she had her onex

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