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Instagram may or may not come to Windows Phone

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Instagram may or may not come to Windows Phone
How's that for a definitive headline? The trouble is that we're not really sure what's happening. For a little bit this morning it seemed like a pretty solid certainty that Instagram would make its way to Windows Phone, but now the view of the information has become more murky.

It all started with the promo video for the Nokia Lumia 920, where there was something on the generated homescreen, which was thought to be a Live Tile for an Instagram app (in the video below, it's in the bottom right, next to the People Live Tile). It has not been confirmed whether that speculation was true or not, as the Tile could have also been for a Vimeo app. However, that was enough to send people into motion, trying to find confirmation, and the early returns said that there was an actual Instagram app in development for Microsoft's mobile platform. 

However, if that is true, it is being developed independently from Instagram itself, because the Instagram team has confirmed that it is not working on a WP app. Again though, that doesn't necessarily make the app a myth. Microsoft has taken app development into its own hands, including building its own Facebook app. Microsoft would need Instagram's permission to make an app, but that actually means getting permission from Facebook, which has had a cozy relationship with Microsoft. 

All that to say, we don't have any definitive information proving that there will be an Instagram app on Windows Phone any time soon, but we will say that you shouldn't be surprised if it does happen. 

source: Nokia via The Verge

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posted on 10 Sep 2012, 20:31

1. dr_fajardo12 (Posts: 107; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


will be

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 21:24 3

2. RapidCat (Posts: 351; Member since: 12 Jun 2012)


i hope no instagram for windows phone

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 21:42 3

5. wendygarett (unregistered)


Agree... And android ruined instagram as well :(

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 22:29

7. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


More like the other way round.....!

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 22:39

11. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


more possibility on Linux then half-baked. Os.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 23:37

13. lilg29 (Posts: 89; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)


Im very confused, Im certainly not an apple hater (Thinking about the IP5 vs the evo lte) but why wouldn't you want windows phones on instagram? What was the whole point of ranting about android having instagram. Really it has been a great app and although the instagram app for iphone is way better why don't we have apps like instagram for everyone.

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 01:32

14. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


i think they should have an app... WP controls its apps like iPhone/iOS and android apps are not controlled by google coz again, its free, so if you download stuff that is unknown better be careful, it might be a virus!! so i think its ok that they should build an app for WP

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 21:35 2

3. md227a (Posts: 127; Member since: 20 Mar 2012)


Windows phones just need Shazam and instagram and I could migrate over to it.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 22:34 1

9. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)


Windows Phone has Shazam. And they have a few Instagram clients (such as Instacam and Metro.am), but due to a limitation in the Instagram API, you can't upload photos from them. But you can view, follow, like and comment.
That's why we need an official client though.

Oh, and there's really no need for Shazam when Windows Phone has music identifying built in to the Search app.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 21:42 1

4. akbar (Posts: 62; Member since: 09 Feb 2012)


Aliens have landed, or they haven't.
Hitler is alive, or he isn't.
The world will end tomorrow, or it won't.

Typical PhoneArena articles. I know you get money for page views, but this is getting ridiculous.

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 22:32

8. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1054; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Lol i know right? Well obviously it either will or will not come...

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 21:49 1

6. arsenaljimenez (Posts: 141; Member since: 03 May 2012)


Instagram, creating "photographers" since 2010

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 22:38

10. codymws (Posts: 237; Member since: 17 Jun 2010)


I sure hope they create a client for Windows Phone! The third-party client "Instacam" is pretty good, but due to limitations of the Instagram API, you can't upload photos from it, or any other third-party app.

So either Instagram should remove this limitation or make their own app!

posted on 10 Sep 2012, 23:04 1

12. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


really hate that a famous app wont be available to 3rd and 4th ecosystem, WP and BB respectively!!

i really hope that they will make the app available to these platforms!!

i thought microsoft has a share in facebook?

well atleast blackberry has an alternative to these famous apps like instagram and temple run... molome and tomb escape... but how about WP? they dont have one... so i am really wishing it will be available!!!

come on instagram...dont be stupid!

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 12:33

15. downphoenix (Posts: 2416; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


Well considering that instagram sucks, this is actually a good thing for WP users.

posted on 11 Sep 2012, 18:41

16. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


i think its not good for them... android users are dying to have instagram to the platform..then instagram hear the calling but they make the app horrible--not par to iOS version!

so i think WP will be good coz its marketplace is maintain by microsoft.. like apple and unlike android

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