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Apple chooses Instagram and Snapseed as Apps of the Year

By dpreview staff on Dec 8, 2011 at 22:37 GMT

Apple US App Store has selected two photographic apps, Instagram and Snapseed, as its Apps of the Year for iPhone and iPad. The choices, which appear to be region-dependent, are part of its 'Rewind 2011' annual roundup.The free image processing and sharing App has been selected as iPhone App of the year, while more detailed processing suite Snapseed ($4.99/£2.99/€3.99) was awarded the title for iPad Apps. Meanwhile the CEO of Instgram's publisher, Burbn, is reported as saying development of the App for Android is underway.


Total comments: 16
By eyeofgotham (Dec 12, 2011)

Instagram's pretty cool. It's sort of a mix between Flickr and Twitter, and more like a site than just an app. As for Snapseed, I was psyched when I heard it was coming out, I plunked down the five bucks for it (coughcoughripoffcough) and deleted it the same day. It's like editing for dummies. For the same five dollars, get Filterstorm and Tiffen's Photo fx, and get SO much more editing bang for your buck.

By jl_smith (Dec 10, 2011)

Haven't used instagram, but Snapseed is great.
Kudos to them.

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Silat Shooter
By Silat Shooter (Dec 9, 2011)

Both are great! Love Snapseed! My go-to app for PP on my phone.

By LVPhoto1 (Dec 9, 2011)

This is a good App’ like many others…… as it gets people to share’ and communicate…which is lacking a good way ;)!

By Sordid (Dec 9, 2011)

Two applications that make all pictures look exactly the same.

By Northgrove (Dec 9, 2011)

I'm a bit tired of Instagram'ed photos, but they're still worthy winners since they have become so popular.

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Renard DellaFave
By Renard DellaFave (Dec 9, 2011)

Filterstorm is also available for the iPhone, so that makes it very superior if you don't have an iPad :)

Roy van der Woning
By Roy van der Woning (Dec 9, 2011)

Snapseed is available for the iPhone as well.

By Deleted17 (Dec 9, 2011)

I think Filterstorm is superior to Snapseed.

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By Carnivore99 (Dec 9, 2011)

The Instagram developers are completely Apple-centric and have been in no rush to develop for Android or any other platform despite their hollow promises to the contrary. The absence of a native iPad app by now also indicates a disappointing level of overall complacency on their part, in my opinion. I guess when you're the King you don't have to try very hard, but it's unfortunate to see them rest on their laurels so early.

Don't get me wrong, I do like the app and the IG community that has grown around it. But I think it would serve Burbn right for someone else to come along and come along and do a competing app better at this point, leaving Instagram to wonder how they became the MySpace of the photo-sharing app world.

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By wilburpan (Dec 9, 2011)

I remember a time when Mac users were left out in the cold as applications were developed for Windows only. Payback's a bitch.

Disclaimer: I prefer Hipstamatic over Instagram, so it's not like I'm just an Instagram fan.

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BareFoot Photog
By BareFoot Photog (Dec 26, 2011)

I hear you Carnivore99 - I have travelled with the IG wagon since its departure and am chuffed at the development and community growth - however the comms back from Burbn (0) leave something to be desired.

The updates come and go but seriously nothing mind-blowing ever makes it...instead of furnishing newer / lamer filters they could do a survey of users and really tackle the important UI stuff.

Makes you wonder if its a matter of funding? iPad apps can be developed in no time so what the hell is going on down at their offices?

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By Jan_Shim (Dec 8, 2011)

It's such a disappointment that Instagram continues to be unavailable natively for iPad and I'm not desperate enough to install it in 0.5 times the size it should be. Luckily Snapseed came to the rescue and gave me pretty much what I had wanted Instagram to provide and it quickly became my most preferred photo editing app on the iPad:

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By sphexx (Dec 8, 2011)

Maybe not entirely accurate – Snapseed is shown as Runner-up in my iTunes.

Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Dec 8, 2011)

You're looking at iTunes in the UK, I take it? It's definitely considered the winner in the US.

It would seem the choices are regional.

I've amended the story.

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By sphexx (Dec 9, 2011)

Yes, UK iTunes.

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