Instagram For Android Is Finally Here

Posted by · April 3, 2012 11:08 am

First, Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom tipped off SXSW attendees that Instagram for Android was “coming soon.” Then two weeks ago, the company quietly told Android fanboys that they could sign up to be notified when Instagram for Android finally arrived. And earlier today, I checked my email only to see the message I’ve been waiting for: Instagram for Android is finally here!

The popular photo sharing application that lets users add custom filters and borders to their pictures is available for free on Google Play and is compatible with Android 2.2 and newer versions of Android.  In addition to custom designed filters and borders, the Instagram for Android app also boasts front and back camera support, the new Lux photo-editing feature, and instant sharing to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Foursquare.

In fact, Systrom told the SXSW crowd that “in some ways it’s better than our iPhone app.”

So what makes Instagram superior to other photo sharing apps on the Android market like my personal favorite photo app, Pixlr-o-matic?  Quite frankly, it’s the people. Only three months after releasing Instagram for iPhone in October 2010, the app hit 1 million users and as of last month, Instagram had surpassed 27 million users.  I’m guessing that’s why it was named named Apple’s iPhone app of the year in 2011.

The fact that those 27 millions users can follow each others’ photos, like (er, heart) them and see which photos are most popular, makes Instagram more than just a photo sharing service, but a social network of its own.

Ok, fellow Android users, what about you? Are you going to download Instagram? How does it compare to other photo sharing apps you’ve used in the past?

**Editor’s Note: Both myself and another Experts Exchange could not find the Instagram app when we searched for it on the Google Play market.  However, if you perform a search on your phone using the terms “Instagram for Android” the app should pop up and prompt you to download it.

  • I just searched the “Play” market on my galaxy tab and the app is nowhere to be found. Guess I’ll stick with Pixlr-o-matic for now.

  • Hey Computer Caretaker- I had a similar problem, but as I sometimes have trouble with Google Play on my HTC Incredible, I assumed it was an error on my phone’s part, not Instagram. I did a search on my phone using the terms “Instagram for Android” and it came up. When I clicked on it, I was prompted to install the app and it has worked fine from there. I will update the article to reflect this potential glitch. Thanks for the comment!

  • Gary C

    Instagram was in Google Play as Instagram for me…downloading and giving it a whirl…