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Instagram for Android hits the Play Store

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Instagram for Android hits the Play Store
This came out of nowhere, but Instagram for Android is now live in the Google Play Store. There had been a signup page that went up last week for Android users who wanted to get in on the picture fun early, but it doesn't seem as though any invite e-mails went out before the app went live on the Google Play Store today. You can sign up for a new account right in the app, no need for an invite anyway. 

The app looks just like you would expect with the same layout as iOS. After signing up and adding friends from either your contact list (with a confirmation bubble to allow the app to access your contacts, so no privacy concerns there) as well as Facebook and Twitter. There is also a suggested user list if you prefer people you don't know. Once in the app, you get the Home, Popular, Camera, News, and Profile buttons, but the icons don't always match with what you'd expect. We're still not sure why News is a dialog bubble icon with a heart in it. 

Of course, familiar doesn't mean good. This means that rather than making an app that feels like part of the Android ecosystem (as Google has been asking with the new Style Guide), Instagram looks like a port from iOS. Still, all the functionality is there to take pics, apply filters, check friends pics, comment, and instantly share to Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Foursquare, with Flickr support coming later. 

If you want it, Instagram is available for free in the Google Play Store.  

*Update* Apparently, there were some compatibility issues with the cameras on some devices, but a small patch has already been pushed to the Play Store, which should take care of most of those problems, although the HTC One X still is not supported. 

Instagram for Android hits the Play Store
Instagram for Android hits the Play Store
Instagram for Android hits the Play Store
Instagram for Android hits the Play Store
Instagram for Android hits the Play Store
Instagram for Android hits the Play Store
Instagram for Android hits the Play Store
Instagram for Android hits the Play Store

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posted on 03 Apr 2012, 11:33

1. the_s2 (Posts: 206; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


After a long wait!! Hitting the download button!!

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 13:53

14. GENARAL.ROYALLY (banned) (Posts: 9; Member since: 03 Apr 2012)


WE DO NOT LIKE THIS.

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 11:36

2. SprintPower (Posts: 71; Member since: 29 Dec 2008)


Not in the store yet from my phone. clicked the link in the article and installed from the web store.

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 11:37 4

3. good2great (Posts: 1039; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


you guys are "tardy to the party" lol

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 11:41

4. jubbing (Posts: 150; Member since: 20 Aug 2008)


It's actually pretty awesome.. but I don't see these 'features' they said Android would have over iOS

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 11:47 2

5. the_s2 (Posts: 206; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)


Okay app. I find the aviary photo editor or the pixlr o matic apps found in the play store better, with tons of effect. As for me, I'd rather stick to Photoshop.

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 12:12 1

6. Jyakotu (Posts: 821; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


I'm sick of seeing Instagram photos on my Facebook News Feed and Twitter Timeline. I'll stick to Photoshop.

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 12:13 2

7. -box- (Posts: 3820; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


Hmm, I found it online, but it's not populating for my HTC Sensation 4G.... Anyone else having this issue?

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 12:14

8. DigitalMD (Posts: 226; Member since: 17 Feb 2010)


People actually use these Apps? I do my best to keep my life private.

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 12:15 1

9. abdane (Posts: 476; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)


whats cool about it ? :)

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 12:22 1

10. kcombs (Posts: 248; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


got it.

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 13:00

11. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 241; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


Finally, I've been missing getting my instagram feeds lol. I know lame. But I truly miss it and helps me keep in touch with my family.

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 13:01 2

12. gp284 (Posts: 120; Member since: 25 Feb 2012)


i had to go on my laptop and download it from the store because it wouldnt show up on my phone if the that helps anyone.

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 13:06 1

13. kcombs (Posts: 248; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


me too.

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 14:06 2

15. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)


Just did the same. WTF? Plus I like Lightbox better......

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 16:32 12

16. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)


Why is everyone getting voted down?

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 16:43 6

17. protozeloz (Posts: 5378; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


someone seem to be hating on the comments, rather common sometimes.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 00:24

22. bayusuputra (Posts: 941; Member since: 12 Feb 2012)


someone is on a (T)Roll..

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 18:08 5

18. ryanxvx (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Jan 2012)


Look at all these "Bad Comments". There must be a lot of butt hurt iPhone users out there.

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 20:32

19. shimmyx20 (Posts: 280; Member since: 03 Mar 2009)


Why would they be butt hurt though? There is an iOS app for Instagram as well...

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 20:51

21. kcombs (Posts: 248; Member since: 15 Dec 2010)


but not for WP7 or Blackberry.

posted on 04 Apr 2012, 10:47

23. LiveBreatheTek (Posts: 1; Member since: 04 Apr 2012)


Thats the thing, they only want it to be on the iOS platform.

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 20:37 1

20. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6580; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


their are alot of other good camera apps instead of Instagram

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