Instagram for Android hits the Play Store

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. 



20. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

their are alot of other good camera apps instead of Instagram

18. ryanxvx

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 15, 2012

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

19. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

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

21. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

but not for WP7 or Blackberry.

23. LiveBreatheTek

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 04, 2012

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

16. JeffdaBeat unregistered

Why is everyone getting voted down?

17. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

22. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

someone is on a (T)Roll..

15. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

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

12. gp284

Posts: 120; Member since: Feb 25, 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.

13. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

me too.

11. MobileCaseReview

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 10, 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.

10. kcombs

Posts: 275; Member since: Dec 15, 2010

got it.

9. abdane

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 07, 2011

whats cool about it ? :)

8. DigitalMD

Posts: 226; Member since: Feb 17, 2010

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

7. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

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

6. Jyakotu

Posts: 868; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

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

5. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 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.

4. jubbing

Posts: 150; Member since: Aug 20, 2008

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

3. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

you guys are "tardy to the party" lol

2. SprintPower

Posts: 74; Member since: Dec 29, 2008

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

1. the_s2

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

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


Posts: 9; Member since: Apr 03, 2012


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