Instagram for Android at SXSW, disregards original platform

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Instagram for Android has been on the cards for a while now and it’s certainly one of the most requested apps, which is currently only available on iPhone. Yesterday we’ve heard from SXSW 2012 about the release of this app on Android, and Instagram’s Kevin Systrom has hinted at a launch in the near future.

Systrom made their way onto the stage at SXSW and showed a Galaxy Nexus with Instagram installed, which this prototype certainly made some Android users jealous and excited at the same time. It has been a long wait for Instagram to make its way onto the Android platform, and with the iOS version getting a lot of press it has not made the situation any easier.

Expectations are extremely high for the Android version – it looks like Systrom want to improve on the iPhone app in many ways, so Android phones are likely to get some nice extras for waiting. This has been hinted at during SXSW when they said, “it’s better than our iPhone app“, although they did explain only “in some ways“. This could be enough for Android users that are sitting on the fence to see what the fuss is about.

We reported earlier that the app is in private beta, although information given out during SXSW shows that it’s already fast, working great on a range of Android displays, and shares photos will a number of the best social networks.

Do you think it’s right for Systrom to disregard the iPhone app that helped Instagram reach more than 27 million users, or are both platforms likely to be enhanced at the same time when the Android app releases? We’ve included a video below showing some facts and figures for Instagram on Android, which also include details from SXSW and well worth a watch.

Instagram for Android recent news: The Android demand met a new high last month with excitement building towards a launch, and we also saw Instagram’s popularity not go down well with pros, which has been quickly followed with beta testing within the last few days. During the last month we’ve also seen the iPhone app receive two updates, v2.1 and v2.2 earlier this month.

Also See: iOS 8.1 problems for early adopters

  • Sleepnumber

    Did Instagram marry Apple? Why should it be exclusive? You wrote this as though
    Instagram was somehow being disloyal for wanting to expand their business to the most popular operating system in the world. If Pepsi has a machine sitting in front of Walmart is Pepsi disloyal for putting a machine in front of Winn-Dixie? Heck no, that’s just business. What’s exclusive about a software program on a smart phone?