Instagram is one of those rare apps that you hear about even if you don’t have it installed – its heavy post-processing and retro vignettes have made it easy to spot from a mile off, and its easy social sharing has made it immensely popular with the iOS crowd, to which it is – or rather was – confined. For today, Instagram for Android has finally been released.
While your iPhone-wearing pals may brag that they “were using it before it was cool”, the Android version of the app is as well mannered and fully featured as the iOS original, including all manner of retro stylings to be easily applied to your photos. While we’re hearing that the soft-focus tool hasn’t yet made the leap to Android, pretty much everything else seems to be present and correct.
After Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom made the announcement at the SXSW festival in Austin that Instragram was coming to Android and would be “one of the most amazing Android apps you’ll ever see” and “in some ways… better than our iPhone app”, over 430,000 Android users signed up to the waiting list.
Having said that, there’s little here to warrant those two phrases – it’s a good app for sure, but not “one of the most amazing” and it’s hard to see in which ways it’s “better than our iPhone app” as it has no features that the iOS app does not.
Furthermore, why go to the trouble of having a waiting list in the first place if you’re not going to actually have a proper beta?
It’s an odd release for those reasons, but whatever: Instagram for Android is here. Go download it from the Google Play (aka Android Marketplace) here.