For almost two years since the launch of Instagram for iPhone was launched by the app’s developers, there have been millions of Android users eagerly awaiting an Android-compatible version of the image-sharing social network. The teaser of Instagram for Android was revealed by the app’s co-developer Kevin Systrom at the SXSW held in March. In the last week of March, the Instagram’s website posted a signup call for Android users so that they could be informed as soon as the app was launched.
Instagram for Android pretty much has the same features as its iPhone counterpart. It allows you to stream your photos and share them with your friends, as well as making it possible for you to check the images uploaded by your friends and remain updated about their activities.
Although Instagram is not the first image-sharing app to be introduced on the Android platform, what makes it stand apart from its contemporaries is its easy to use grid-like layout. Its ability to help the images appear lively brings out the finer details in each one of them. Users also have the option to share their photos on Facebook, Tumblr, Twitter and Foursquare, with Flickr soon to be made available. The app supports both front and back cameras on Android devices.
Compared to the iPhone version of Instagram, the Android version does not offer a few features mainly related to image-editing. Moreover, the Android version does not allow tilt shift, with which users can focus on one particular part of the image, while blurring out the rest. However, Instagram for Android does score in one area – the ‘Advanced Camera’. This feature resizes the image on its own, saving users the trouble to crop it when transported to the Instagram platform, whereas on iPhone, users cam only resize images that are taken from their phone’s image library.
The anticipation for Instagram and its popularity on Android can be gauged by the fact that within the first 24 hours of its launch, the app crossed million downloads.
Instagram for Android can be downloaded for free from Google Play.