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Instagram app arrives for Android

By dpreview staff on Apr 3, 2012 at 16:41 GMT

Instagram, one of the most popular photo processing and sharing apps is now available for Android. The free app, which works with Android 2.2 or newer, is initially missing a couple of the iOS app's features (such as tilt-shift and blur), which the company will add soon. As well as processing, the app uploads images to Instagram's sharing service, which has recently been expanded to include submissions from other popular apps such as Hipstamatic and Camera Awesome.


Announcement from company blog:

Instagram for Android — Available Now.

Today, we’re excited to bring you Instagram for AndroidTM. We’ve already seen more than 30 million people join Instagram to create and share beautiful photos on their iOS devices, and now we’re thrilled to offer a way for Android users to join their iOS friends on Instagram to share their photos with the world.

We’ve been working tirelessly to make this new Android app a first-class mobile photo-sharing experience. We’ve been meticulous about translating the Instagram experience to the Android platform. The Android app offers an extremely familiar Instagram experience when compared to the iOS app. You’ll find all the same exact filters and community as our iOS version.

For the over 30 million people already using Instagram, this is a big step forward for the community as a whole. When we started working on Instagram, we tried to imagine what the world would be like if every single person on earth could share the world around them through the lens on their phones. With the release of Instagram for Android, we’re one step closer to making that goal a reality. Now, more of your friends and family can share their lives, and follow yours, through a series of beautiful images.

We’re so excited to welcome Android users to what has become an inspiring and thriving community. We’ve worked hard to bring you the best photo-sharing experience on Android, and look forward to seeing your photos and hearing your feedback. Enjoy!

Comments

Total comments: 29
Camp Freddy
By Camp Freddy (Apr 9, 2012)

is it better than Photoshop express for mobile images?

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Vinter
By Vinter (Apr 8, 2012)

Use lightbox, this is garbage

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cfh25
By cfh25 (Apr 7, 2012)

Allegedly an update v.1.0.3 was issued 6Apr12 - promises expanded support for tablets and WiFi handsets, app installation on the SD card for storage-limited users and fixing an audio mute bug during capture.

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Isabel Cutler
By Isabel Cutler (Apr 5, 2012)

Have you looked at the access to your "private" information you give Instagram when you accept all the conditions for installing this app?

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Tan68
By Tan68 (Apr 7, 2012)

yeah.. i only have.. maybe 2 apps added to my phone. they are useful. sure this little application would be fun. but i don't like all of the permissions 'apps' seem to need. i am not sure they are necessary..

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FotoBuzz
By FotoBuzz (Apr 4, 2012)

Wow...Finnaly!

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Rafal Zajac
By Rafal Zajac (Apr 4, 2012)

It can't be installed on SD card. I had to uninstall it as internal memory in my phone is almost filled up. Maybe I'll give this app another chance after I upgrade my phone.

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Hawaii-geek
By Hawaii-geek (Apr 4, 2012)

Downloaded, finally I can use the same program my wife has on her iphone. And then, "maybe" start to use my camera phone more :) Sometimes her iphone shots surprise me. sometimes in a good way. :)

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CaseyComo
By CaseyComo (Apr 4, 2012)

What?!?!?!? How will I ever survive without fake tilt-shift on my phone? It's in the Constitution, people!

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Huntswerst
By Huntswerst (Apr 3, 2012)

I've enjoyed Camera 360 on my EVO 4G. Any benefits to switching over to instagram?

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spidermoon
By spidermoon (Apr 4, 2012)

Instagram is not only the application, but the blog, with quick sharing and "liking" stuff. For photo only and limited sharing, there is Pixl-O-Matic and the flickr group for instance.

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Bright Angel
By Bright Angel (Apr 3, 2012)

If anyone wants to follow me they can, I'll follow you back.
But, if you start posting photos of One Direction, your toes/nails, and Double Tap messages, your on your own.
Except if your a hot woman ;-)

"marksykesphotography"

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Michael Ma
By Michael Ma (Apr 3, 2012)

It would be nice to see the ability to add textures in lightroom. Lightroom 4 has already improved the presets and the framing in the workflow. Why not textures. Sure you can look at it as another layer. But so are adjustments and frames. They just don't show you the layers.

It would be nice to open up a raw image that's been post processed in photoshop, then have it broken down to different layers, not just a flat image.

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LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (Apr 3, 2012)

(To Lift Off)
I know that, I was just hoping that I could also only use the camera/filter part disregarding the "social" part.
I'm already using other camera apps and I usually prefer to craft my own effects in PS (so that they serve a real purpose with regard to the particular photo eg. asymmetric vignetting to concentrate the attention on the viewer on a particular area, but I digress), but I would have liked to try this one out.

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Lift Off
By Lift Off (Apr 3, 2012)

Ok, I understand.

But then don't worry about this. You're not missing much, to be honest.

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LensBeginner
By LensBeginner (Apr 3, 2012)

So, as far as I can see, one can't use this one as a camera + effects (like Vignette) but must log in, or else it wouldn't even start...
It's just me that finds it depressing? :(

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Lift Off
By Lift Off (Apr 3, 2012)

The thing is that there's a whole "social world" behind Instagram.
It's not just about taking/processing photos as it is about sharing them.

Personally, I find this overrated and I'll just stick to my "Little Photo" application.

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Octane
By Octane (Apr 3, 2012)

It was about time!

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samhain
By samhain (Apr 3, 2012)

Instagram used to be really cool until it was taken over by teenagers, celebraties & companies using it for marketing. There's still some really good photographers on there, but they're hard to find as the popular page is no longer about good photos.

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Octane
By Octane (Apr 3, 2012)

and who made you the judge of what Instagram was meant to be or is supposed to be?

That's exactly the beauty of social media. The users decide what they want to use it for.

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LittleMonkeyMojo
By LittleMonkeyMojo (Apr 3, 2012)

I don't think samhain was saying they were the judge of what it was *supposed* to be, just what they wished it still was and what they previously liked about it.

Just like me, I really liked Orkut before it was "taken over" by Brazilians. Certainly the Brazilians decided this was the site for them, but that does not lessen the fact that it was at one point a site that I thought was for me.

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HeezDeadJim
By HeezDeadJim (Apr 5, 2012)

@Octane: Same original intent Photoshop was supposed to be: to edit photos. Now it's a tool to be used for creating digital paintings. You can bet some of those artists never use PS for editing or even touching ANY photos. They could use other art programs like Corel Painter or Paint Tool SAI for their purposes.

Since then, PS has included paint brushes, editing animation sequences (not using FLASH pro, or After Effects), and now the inclusion of "painting" 3D models. Maybe a few more iterations, and we'll get full 3D rendering and creations and people will quit using Maya or 3Dmax?

I'm still waiting for when my toaster can also be used as a paper shredder. That way the toaster won't be thought about being used to toast bread anymore.

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DotCom Editor
By DotCom Editor (Apr 3, 2012)

Isn't Nik Snapseed much better?

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Bill Bentley
By Bill Bentley (Apr 3, 2012)

Maybe. Not available on Android yet though. Just went to their site and all the links on their gallery page are broken.

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questionlp
By questionlp (Apr 3, 2012)

The app has been pretty unstable on my Evo Shift 4G and it doesn't seem to allow me the option to set the Facebook posting to a specific page.

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pixel_colorado
By pixel_colorado (Apr 3, 2012)

Lame...looks like the Polaroid logo.

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Apr 3, 2012)

Also not (yet?) available on my tablet (asus transformer prime) ICS issue? or Tablet-pc issue?

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cfh25
By cfh25 (Apr 7, 2012)

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YouDidntDidYou
By YouDidntDidYou (Apr 3, 2012)

think I'll stick with EyeEm app for android (it's a European company) and has far better features.

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